Designer Rugs Enrich 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse Top 7 Rooms

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The 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead is arguably the second most influential American showhouse after New York's Kips Bay. Atlanta influences not just the entire southeast, but all of Florida, the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. It is home to the country's most passionate interior design community as is readily evident by the quality of the seven best interiors in the 2017 Showhouse. As always we focus on how designer rugs enrich the designs of Phoebe Howard, Tristan Harston, Jackye Lanham, Jennifer Ferguson, Stan Topol, Tammy Conner, Margaret Kirkland and Lauren DeLoach. Read More

Oushak Rugs -7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther Part 1

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Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs in San Juan Capistrano, CA. shares his 7 tips for decorating with Oushak rugs in an exclusive Asmara video (available below). Eric is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and hosts monthly design lectures at his elegant southern California home.  Read More

Designer Rugs Enrich 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Top 10 Rooms

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We take a close look at how designer rugs unify and enrich the ten best rooms in the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Designed by Robert Stilin, Kirsten Fitzgibbons, Kelli Ford, Ken Fulk, Joan Dineen, Richard Mishaan, Kate Singer, Neal Beckstedt, Jonathan Savage and Robert A.M. Stern, these rooms are sure to inspire decorating trends for years to come. Read More

Oushak Rugs -7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther Part 2

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Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs a fabulous interior design studio in San Juan Capistrano, California is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and gives monthly design lectures at his beautiful southern California home. Click here to read Eric's Oushak Rug Decorating Tips 1 through 3, and view the video. Read More

15 Ways Foyer Rugs Can Glamorize an Entryway

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If first impressions are important then a foyer is one of the most important rooms in the house. An entryway is where visitors get a foretaste of the design delights awaiting them further inside the house. A foyer is also a place of transition from the world outside to inside the home and care should be taken to make this a welcoming experience. Well chosen foyer rugs are key to creating the right first impression in a foyer. These stunning entryways from Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Traditional Home illustrate 15 different foyer rug ideas and ways of designing glamorous and welcoming foyers. Read More

Architectural Digest 6 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in August 2017

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The six best rooms with designer rugs in the August 2017 Architectural Digest are all in an 18th-century Paris apartment just renovated by Pierre Sauvage with the help of designer Franz Potisek. The style is a colorful mix of traditional, contemporary and Boho-Chic sensibilities and proves that traditional 18th-century architecture and contemporary styling are a great combination. The apartment has a grand classical structure with tall windows and original paneling that took a year of painstaking restoration. Painted in brilliant colors and paired with boldly patterned designer rugs reminiscent of 1970's David Hicks, the result is both elegant and daring. Read More

What is an Aubusson Rug?

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In the 17th century French artists and weavers invented the art of weaving rugs with depth perspective. This technique is so artistically demanding it has never been copied by the rug weavers of the east and even today only European rugs such as Aubusson, Savonnerie and Needlepoints have three dimensional patterns.   Cream and blue Aubusson carpet in French provincial style dining room with rustic stone walls and chandelier. Read More

How to Pair Designer Rugs with 12 Top Floral Chintz Fabrics

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"Lean in and take a deep breath: Blossoms are back again," proclaim the editors of Veranda in the July-August 2017 issue... "Its popularity ebbs and flows with the times, but we say the blowsy, bold and beautiful mainstay is ready for a revival." In preparation for the revival of floral chintz fabrics, we have created some great pairings of the 12 top floral fabrics featured in the Veranda article with designer rugs. Read More

Elle Decor July 2017: 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs

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Every month I read Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, House Beautiful and Traditional Home as soon as they come out and each month I feature the two magazines that have the best rooms that month. This July Elle Decor once again surpassed with more outstanding rooms with designer rugs than any other magazine. Here are the 5 best of the best in July. Read More

What is a Savonnerie Rug and How is it Made?

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In the 17th century French artists and weavers employed by King Henri IV invented the art of making Savonnerie Rugs. We explore why these rugs command over a million dollars at Sotheby's, what makes them so artistically and technically demanding to make and why their technique has never been copied by oriental rug weavers.   1. This Savonnerie carpet with vibrant blues, gold and red can pose a challenge to a decorator. But the early 20th century Parisian decorator knew how to create a fabulous setting for it in the Salon des Huets in the Musee Nissim de Camondo, Paris. Read More