Damask Rugs Enrich 8 Interiors with History and Beauty

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Damask rugs and fabrics originated in the Middle Ages in the ancient city of Damascus and they have evolved over hundreds of years with influences from Byzantium, Persia, Italy and France. This rich artistic history gives damask a unique appeal. The pattern in a damask fabric is woven in a different weave than the background- for example if the pattern is woven in a shiny satin weave and the background in a duller weave, the contrast between the shiny pattern and duller background adds another dimension. This added dimension and texture distinguishes damask fabrics from fabrics in which the pattern is merely printed on the cloth. The best damask rugs also contain two different textures- the pattern is usually in cut pile and the background is in a loop weave. Unfortunately too many damask rugs being made today take a short-cut and are made in just one texture which is usually cut pile. These rugs do not have the dimensional interest and texture of a cut and loop damask rug. Damask rugs come in a variety of color palettes ranging from tonal neutrals to high contrast colors. The eight interiors in today’s post feature several different styles of damask rugs and offer inspiration on how to add sophistication and a sense of history to both contemporary and traditional rooms. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Enrich 17 Living and Dining Rooms, Bedrooms & Libraries

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Why do David Easton, Kate Spade, William T. Georgis, Jacques Garcia, Alidad, Michael Coorengel, Jean-Pierre Calvagrac, Scot Meacham Wood and David Hare have in common? They all chose Aubusson Rugs to bring glamour to traditional and modern living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and libraries. Aubusson area rugs are renowned for their elegance and sophistication. Favored by 18th century French aristocracy, you can find Aubusson rugs for sale in a variety of colors and sizes. Here are seventeen examples of how the design legends used them to create glamour. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Bring Chic Vibe to 7 Country Interiors

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Aubusson rugs ancient patterns have a timeless appeal. It might surprise you to learn that these rugs are as much at home in a rustic country interior as in a glamorous English country house, a French château or an Italian villa. Aubusson rugs were originally created in the 18th century for the French nobility. The patterns of these rugs are a combination of architectural notifs from classical Greece and Rome and French floral motifs. Aubusson rugs have a flat-woven texture which gives them a clean, almost contemporary look. The seven chic rooms in today's post illustrate several different ways of decorating with Aubusson rugs. Read More

Great First Impression: Enrich Entry Halls with Decorative Rugs

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We all know that first impression count the most, yet too often people give cursory attention to the entry and hallways of their homes. The bottom line is that decorating your entrance and hallway really does matter. Many people throw up a painting or two, slap down a decorative rug and call it a day, forgetting about the entrance as soon as the work is done. What's unfortunate about this approach is that they miss the unique opportunity to create a favorable first impression of their home and even of themselves.  Guests also feel more important if they enter a home from an impressive and welcoming entrance.  A half-heartedly decorated entrance is at best boring and forgettable and at worst, it can leave the wrong impression about you and your home. Read More

4 Rooms Add Glamor and Warmth to Holidays with Decorative Rugs

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Decorating a room for the Holidays, or just decorating your home can either be an adventure or feel very scary, depending on how you feel about your decorating skills and how willing you are to take chances and make mistakes in the process. One famous decorator told me that she takes a truck-load of accessories to the client’s home to try out, as even she, with years of practice cannot always pre-judge what will look the best without trying several objects in the room. Reading blogs with lots of beautiful rooms allows you to develop your eye and is also a good way to discover what you like and what you can’t stand. Over time, it can spark ideas which will pay off when you start your decorating project, whether it is by yourself or with the help of a professional decorator. Today we’ll look at four rooms by leading designers-they are enjoyable to look at and also offer insights that could help you succeed in your design project. Read More

4 Glamorous Dining Rooms with Metallic Accents and Decorative Rugs

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If you are looking for ideas for designing a glamorous dining room that will impress even the most discerning guests, then you will find lots of inspiration in the four gorgeous dining spaces in today's post. Each room has achieved it's distinctive stunning looks by skillful use of two elements- metallic finishes and amazing decorative rugs. We will learn how to use these two elements effectively to create a glamorous and memorable atmosphere in any room. Read More

Gorgeous Holiday Décor Takes Inspiration from Aubusson Rugs: 3 Tips

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The Holidays are a wonderful time for celebrating with friends and family– and a creatively decorated room can greatly enhance the experience and create wonderful memories. But the Holiday Season is such a busy time of year, it is a great help to know of some easy and tasteful ways to dress up your interiors, without having to run around on December 27th removing tons of tinsel. Today we will bring you three ways of elevating your holiday decor by building on the objects that are already in the room such as a beautiful Aubusson rug, a lovely fabric or a stunning chandelier. Read More