Audrey Hepburn once said, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” Hepburn could have been speaking of the incomparable beauty that results from artfully using an Aubusson rug and a crystal chandelier in a well designed room. Aubusson rugs are named after the village in central France where these rugs have been made by hand in a tapestry weave that has adorned the castles and palaces of French royalty for hundreds of years. Chandelier is a version of the French word, chandelabre, literally meaning hanging candle. Both objects are of French origin and when they are used in combination they produce a sophistication and elegance that is admired the world over. These quintessential design elements are found in the palaces and mansions of the rich and famous. When done right, pairing an Aubusson rug with a chandelier can bring that same opulence into your home.
White Aubusson Rug and Two Chandeliers Grace U.S. Ambassador’s Residence
The garden room at Winfield House, the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in London designed by legendary Hollywood star William Haines who became a very successful interior designer to the stars. A white tone on tone Aubusson rug with a Chinoiserie pattern subtly echoes the green Chinoiserie wall covering. A stunning crystal chandelier completes the ultimate look of sophistication and luxury. Image courtesy German Architectural Digest.
A closer view of the garden room at Winfield House, the U.S. Ambassador’s London residence designed by legendary interior designer William Haines.
Often the large scale of a living space can dwarf the furnishings. But the mammoth size of this Aubusson rug is substantial enough for the challenge and sets the stage for the elegance in store. Impressive architectural details are highlighted by dramatic, vibrant green Chinoiserie wall covering and two chandeliers with spectacular, glimmering crystals to reflect light around this grand room.
Gold Aubusson Rug and Chandelier in French Prime Minister’s Residence
Salon in the Hotel de Goyon-Matignon the official residence of the Prime Minister of France, built by architect Jean Courtone in 1725 is enriched by a cream, gold, blue and green Aubusson rug and a very elaborate crystal chandelier.
Despite the glamor of intricate gold ceiling details, the drama of vibrant yellow draperies and the elegance of graceful furnishings, the beautifully patterned Aubusson rug and shimmering chandelier take center stage in this lavishly appointed salon. The pastel blue, rich green and golden colors of this exquisite Aubusson rug become a work of art, seeming to mirror the artistic excellence of the shimmering chandelier centerpiece hanging impressively above it.
Cream Aubusson Rug and Chandelier in Elegant Dining Room
This dramatic dining room in a long rectangular space has a round dining table anchored by a cream and blue Aubusson rug and a graceful chandelier that echoes the round shape of the dining table. Image courtesy Finton Construction.
A cream, blue and beige Aubusson rug echoes the rectangular shape of the elegant dining hall while a round chandelier resonates with the round dining table. Upholstery on ornate chair backs and cushions reflect the soft blue theme of the rug. Drawing your eye up to the masterful ceiling design is an elegant and grand gold and crystal chandelier that is echoed around the room in complementary sconces.
Cream Aubusson Rug and Chandelier in Romantic French Bedroom
A pale cream Aubusson rug anchors a romantic French canopy bed while a gold and crystal chandelier brings the eye up to the round canopy and the exquisite window treatments. Image courtesy Cote de Texas Blog.
The mixture of light, neutral furnishings with delicate touches of gold and subtle olive green make this bedroom retreat restful and inviting. Even the dramatic canopy over the ornate headboard seems calm, nestled in the soothing softness of the draped fabrics. Grounding it all is a luxurious Aubusson rug and taking the eyes above is a glittering golden-leaf chandelier.