Aubusson Rugs Harmonize Tradition and Modernity: 4 Chic Interiors

Oprah Winfrey once said, “It’s much easier for me to make major life, multi-million-dollar decisions than it is to decide on a carpet”. For many people, choosing the right rug for a room can be more of an ordeal than a joy. For the indecisive, Aubusson rugs can be a life-saver. These classic French rugs have stood the test of time and can help you add just the right touch of cheerful exuberance to a modern room or bring chic style to a traditional interior. Four stunning interiors show how top designers decorate with Aubusson rugs.

Unify Modern and Classical Elements with Floral Aubusson Rug

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In his newly renovated New York penthouse that appeared on the cover of Architectural Digest, White House interior designer Michael S. Smith creates a charming mix of antique and modern elements by pairing an exuberantly colorful Aubusson rug with pale grey walls and white Jansen sofas. Photo courtesy Architectural Digest.

Pale grey walls, crisp white ceiling and sofas provide a modern backdrop for a pink and blue floral Louis XV Aubusson rug. Smith told Architectural Digest “I love its wacky exuberance – Madame de Pompadour meets Jeff Koons.” Before he set out to design his apartment, Smith imagined creating the atmosphere of classical pavilion that used to be built in the 18th century on the grounds of princely estates. He wanted the apartment to feel charming and intimate, but not grandiose.

Create Classic Elegance with Aubusson Rug

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Nan Kempner’s Park Avenue living room designed was by Michael Taylor is still the epitome of refined New York style. It’s classic beauty feels as fresh and engaging as when the apartment was completed in the 1980s. Photo courtesy Derry Moore and Architectural Digest.

Originally designed for socialite Nan Kempner, the room exudes a strong sense of richness, beauty and luxury. The gold, red, and cream Aubusson rug helps to formalize the space, and the oval gilded gold mirror shares a similar shape and European aesthetic as the rug. Taylor brings freshness to the space by adding carefully chosen accessories such as the equestrian accents, floral arrangements, and lacquered Asian folding screen.

Create Cozy-Chic with Aubusson Rug

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Nancy Morton juxtaposes an elegant red and gold Aubusson rug with rustic cypress paneling to create a cozy and chic atmosphere in the living room of her Florida home. Photo: Pieter Estersohn. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

Simple cypress paneling with a rustic feel is paired with an elegant Aubusson rug and the unexpected combination gives this room charm and warmth. The red in the rug makes the room feel inviting and it also connects it with the reds in the oil painting.  The intricate hardware on the Portuguese chest resonates with the golds in the Aubusson rug. A blue and white entrance hall is visible through the door on the right and the placement of the warm red Aubusson rug provides a welcoming transition from the entrance to the living room.

Add French Charm with Aubusson Rug

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A charming Aubusson rug adds a touch of nobility and romance to this bedroom designed by Jean-Loup Dirand in elegant French country style.  Photo: Jacques Dirand. Image courtesy Veranda Magazine.

Even though this room has Louis IV chairs, toile folding screen, and antique mahogany writing desk, you do not need to have period furniture to create a romantic French country look. Take a page from Michael S. Smith’s living room above and pair a favorite Aubusson rug with cream fabrics and pale walls to create a modern version of the French country look. Choose an exuberant Aubusson rug and let it provide the pattern, color and atmosphere in the room and let the pale walls and fabrics bring out the drama of the rug’s pattern and colors while giving the room a modern look.

If you find it difficult to choose the right rug for your room, you are not alone! Many people get discouraged and overwhelmed by the process. Aubusson rugs are an excellent way to make decorating a room easier as they work in both modern and traditional interiors. The four rooms show you a few of the many ways you can create stylish, warm and classic rooms with Aubusson rugs.

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