Aubusson Rugs Bring French Art to 4 Interiors

Choosing artwork for a room can be very tricky, especially if you aren’t an art buff or don’t happen to have an art consultant on hand. We often think of artwork as primarily for our walls, but Aubusson rugs can add a touch of artistry to a room without the hassle of choosing original artwork. Many of the designs found in Aubusson rugs were made from original paintings made by fine artists, so it is only natural that their presence would bring a sense of beauty to any room.

Frame Vintage Finds and Family Heirlooms with Aubusson Rug

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Anne McNally’s Paris apartment in the in the Place des Vosges was designed by Jacques Garcia and uses family heirlooms and a pink and gold Aubusson rug. Photo Courtesy William Waldron and Architectural Digest.

In McNally’s stunning living room Anh Duong frames vintage pieces with an Aubusson Rug in shades of pink and gold. The rug’s medallion resonates with the shape of the cocktail table  which was once used as an opium bed. McNally finishes the room with a personal touch–Louis XVI chairs passed down from her family.

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This view of McNally’s living room shows that the colors of the living room are not coordinated and the room has a collected look which is very European. The Aubusson rug provides the art in the room along with a 1992 portrait of McNally by Anh Duong seen as a reflection in the mirror. Photo Courtesy William Waldron and Architectural Digest.

Create Colorful Romantic Library with Aubusson Rug

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This library, designed by Henri Samuel and Susan Gutfreund demonstrates how layering vibrantly colored fabrics can create depth and interest. Photo courtesy Alexandre Bailhache and Veranda.

Design icon Henri Samuel mixes textiles just as easily as he mixes genres in this space. The Le Manach fabrics, pillows, and Aubusson rug give this library true dimension. The rug itself acts as a piece of art in this room while the pop of yellow ensures that the space doesn’t feel too serious. The blue-green sofa provides relief from the large expanse of yellow on the walls and the cool blues in the Aubusson rug make the yellow chairs pop.

Use Floral Aubusson Rug as Artistic Centerpiece of Room

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A ravishing guest room in Hattiesburg, Mississippi oozes Southern charm while also reminding us of romantic Paris. The Aubusson rug was made from a 19th century French painting. Photo: Pieter Estersohn. Image courtesy Archictectural Digest.

This traditional guest room, designed by Richard Keith Langham, showcases an incredible floral Aubusson rug made from a 19th century French painting called a carton. This rug ties together other floral elements in the room such as the curule bench and the floral drapes and the curtains on the canopy bed.

Transform a Blank Canvas with Aubusson Rugs

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a muted gold and blue Aubusson rug provides the pattern and color in the mostly white and cream master bedroom at Clos Fiorentina, Hubert de Givenchy’s beach house in the south of France. The navy border on the crisp white linen connects with the faded blues in the Aubusson rug. Photo courtesy Francoise Mohrt.

This bedroom is able to make a big impact with very little color. The room uses crisp and clean whites on the bed and walls; this allows the focus to really be drawn to the rug. The neoclassical bench stacked with books lends a personal touch to the room. Without the bench and the rug, this room might appear “too” clean, but these elements serve as lovely yet subtle reminders that the space is treasured and lived in. There is no artwork in the room-perhaps de Givenchy felt the Aubusson rug provided the art in the room.

Just as the right piece of art can be the finishing touch to a room, the right Aubusson rug can bring artistry and beauty to a space. Unlike artwork, you don’t have to be a art expert to choose the right Aubusson rug for your rooms. Today we saw just four of the many ways you can decorate with an Aubusson rug and I hope this encourages you to experiment and come up with your own way. The best place to start is with an Aubusson rug you fall in love with and then let it inspire you in selecting the rooms color palette and design direction.

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