I have long held the view that that classical Aubusson rugs are the perfect complement to blue-chip contemporary art and 21st-century design. You can now see the proof in the December 2015 Architectural Digest which features a William T. Georgis designed 14,000-square-foot, five-level Beaux Arts limestone townhouse on New York’s Upper East Side where monumental works by Jeff Koons, Rob Pruitt and Dan Colen are juxtaposed with grand classical Aubusson rugs in exuberant colors. The townhouse was constructed in 1903 by John H. Duncan who was also the architect of Grant’s Tomb. See how Aubusson rugs and a classical home create a stunning showcase for contemporary art.
In the living room of Inga Rubenstein’s upper east side Manhattan townhouse an antique Axminster carpet in a classical Aubusson carpet pattern creates a stunning setting for showcasing blue-chip contemporary art such as the Marilyn Minter painting on the left and the Rob Pruitt straight ahead.
The monumental scale of the classical Aubusson carpet is a fitting complement for the Beaux Arts architecture of the 14,000-square-foot, five-level limestone townhouse on New York’s Upper East Side.
A classical Aubusson rug can effortlessly unify contemporary and traditional styles as shown in Inga Rubenstein’s sitting room where a Damien Hirst butterfly painting, a Willy Rizzo cocktail table, a pair of Maria Pergay stainless-steel stools, and two Louis XVI gilt-wood armchairs create a memorable atmosphere.
Inga Rubenstein standing in the double-height sitting room of her Manhattan townhouse
Vibrantly colorful French Aubusson rugs provide a striking contrast to bold contemporary art such as the Piotr Uklański resin painting in the Rubenstein’s library.
The exuberant colors and grand pattern of the Aubusson rug are a good match for the monumental scale of the library. It is hard to find boldly colored large Aubusson rugs for sale.
In the Rubinstein’s media room an ornate Bessarabian rug inspired by an Aubusson rug pulls together a Mike Kelley frog painting, a purple contemporary sofa and a Jean Royère games table and chairs.
William T. Georgis designed the gray trellis custom Aubusson rug for the master bedroom which has a Georgis designed bed and a Roe Ethridge photograph and a work by Adam McEwen.
A faded red floral Aubusson rug complements a contemporary painting, a round velvet upholstered coffee table and a green velvet upholstered French armchair in the Peter Dunham designed Los Angeles home of Juicy Couture founder Pamela Skaist Levy.
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