7 Ways Bessarabian Rugs Help You Decorate in Downton Abbey Style

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Bessarabian rugs quickly evoke Downton Abbey style in any room of the house because of the comfortable informality and charm they bring to a space. This is why these rugs have been prized by decorators in England, France and America. The most desirable Bessarabian rugs were made in the 19th century for the Russian nobility who wanted to emulate the style of the English aristocracy, in other words the Downton Abbey style. Here are seven ways Bessarabian rugs can help you decorate in chic Downton Abbey style. Read More

Architect Digest: Top 10 Rooms with Designer Rugs on Pinterest in 2015

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Ask anyone to name the most prestigious interior design magazine and they will invariably point to Architectural Digest. So I thought it would be fun to assemble the best of the best out of the hundreds of interiors published each year in AD. Based on my research on Pinterest here are Architectural Digest's 10 most admired (pinned) interiors with designer rugs on Pinterest in 2015. Read More

23 Styles of Designer Rugs: Part 4 – Geometric Rugs to Ikat Rugs

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In Part 4 of 23 Styles of Designer Rugs we take a close look at geometric rugs and Ikat rugs. Geometric patterns go back at least 5000 years to ancient Sumer and Ikat rugs are inspired by 19th century Central Asian Ikat textiles. Both are steeped in history which gives them the ability to unify contemporary and traditional styles in the same room as you learn from the examples in this post. We will discover their exciting history, where to use them, the most desirable colors and patterns, buying tips and gain decorating inspiration. Read More

AD100 Predict Mixing Old and New on Designer Rugs Will Be Big in 2016

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When Architectural Digest asked the 100 top architects and interior designers to predict the biggest design trends of 2016 several said mixing antique and modern styles would be a big trend as illustrated by the 7 stunning interiors by Miles Redd and Nick Olsen who rely on designer rugs to pull together old and new styles.  Read More

Elle Décor’s Top 7 Interiors with Designer Rugs in 2015 on Pinterest

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The January and February 2016 issues of Elle Decor and Veranda felt rather dull- too many gray rooms, so in desperation I turned to Pinterest to see which interiors were getting the most love from pinners. Wow! what a revelation this was. Pinners love colorful rooms far more than magazine editors give them credit for. Here are the 7 most pinned interiors with designer rugs in 2015 from Elle Decor. Next week I plan to track down Veranda's most pinned interiors of 2015.  Read More

Architectural Digest Predicts Damask Rugs Will Be Big in 2016

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Architectural Digest recently surveyed the world's top 100 interior designers known as the AD100 and asked them to predict the big design trends for 2016. Los Angeles based Madeline Stuart foresees “Patterned fabrics! Fabulous Fortuny, cheerful chintz, delicate damasks . . . bring it on! We've been on a solid diet of solids for far too long.” Alexa Hampton of Mark Hampton, Inc. New York agrees and says ".... I think people are yearning for individuality. I also think pattern is very much on the rise.” To inspire you with the amazing possibilities of damask patterns here are 9 ways of designing gorgeous interiors with damask rugs and patterned fabrics. Read More

23 Styles of Designer Rugs: Part 3 – Cowhide Rugs to Flat Weave Rugs

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In Part 3 of 23 Styles of Designer Rugs we look at cowhide rugs and flat weave rugs. Both styles of rugs have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years, but recent innovations in materials and designs have awakened the interest of interior designers and architects and opened up new possibilities as you will see from the 19 chic interiors in this post. We will learn the history of these rugs, where to use them, the most desirable colors and patterns, decorating ideas and buying tips. Read More