There is something truly special about the ambiance Bessarabian rugs bring to a room. These tapestry weave carpets can readily impart a sense of drama, an eclectic vibe, or even an under-stated funky feeling to an interior. What makes a Bessarabian rug so versatile? Quite simply, their high-contrast color palette and their naive rendetion of French and English rugs which have endeared them to prestigious interior decorators in Paris, London and New York. Today we’re going to see how four top designers decorate with Bessarabian rugs and how they bring a unique personality to interiors.
Add Funky Sophistication to Modern Living Room with Bessarabian Rug
Our first stop on this trip into all things Bessarabian is at the colorful Joppe home of Dutch textile designer Hellen van Berkel. Van Berkel’s ability to pair patterns and textures is legendary, so it should come as no surprise to those familiar with her craft that the floor of her living room is adorned with a vibrant Bessarabian rug with bright orange and lime green accent colors. Further, van Berkel has chosen the orange color in the rug to coordinate with modern accent pieces to create a beautiful, collected space with a funky vibe. Photo by Marjon Hoogervorst for VTWonen magazine.
Add Energy to Traditional Interior with Bessarabian Rug
Many interiors include pieces brought together over generations. Such is the case in New York interior designer Susan Zises Green’s three-story, Upper East Side townhouse, where a Bessarabian rug with a palette of cream, dark brown, red and green is the basis for a welcoming living room packed with antiques. “I always raised my children with antiques. There was nothing so precious it wasn’t replaceable,” says Green. As a testament to their durability, this Bessarabian rug has hosted many tea parties and witnessed plenty of sofa bouncing in its years. Photo by Colleen Duffley for Traditional Home magazine.
Add Warmth to Mountain Retreat with Bessarabian Rug
The kitchen might be the last place you’d think to put an antique Bessarabian Rug – but designer Karen Marcus did just that when she designed the kitchen in this Colorado mountain retreat for an Arkansas couple. “The kitchen was left relatively bare to pull the outside in,” says Marcus. And what better way to warm the heart of your snowy mountain retreat than by adding the warm and welcoming colors of a Bessarabian rug. Before you shudder at the thought of putting such a beautiful rug in an area where spills are bound to happen, remember: high-quality wool plus traditional hand weaving equal exceptional durability and resilience in textiles such as Bessarabian rugs. Photo by David O. Marlow for Architectural Digest.
Add Elegance to Paris Living Room with Bessarabian Rug
Our final stop on this jaunt through the versatility of Bessarabian rugs is at a gorgeous Parisian pied-à-terre decorated by AD 100 designer Jean-Louis Deniot, where we’ll dispel any notion anyone may have that Bessarabian rugs are only for those wishing to inject vibrant colors into a space. The color scheme for this collected living room was drawn directly from the color palette of the Bessarabian rug. The stunniing blue of the walls and the brown of the drapes are both derived from the Bessarabian rug. A truly successful blend of syles from four centuries includes Art Deco, Modern, Neoclassical and Louis XVI all pulled together by a Bessarabian rug that is itself a naive rendtion of French Directoire Aubusson rug originally made for a 19th century Russian aristocrat or royal. Photo by Derry Moore for Architectural Digest.
If today’s style journey has left you seeking out ways to incorporate Bessarabian rugs into your next interior project, you’re in luck – the Bessarabian style is functional and flexible, just requiring your imagination to set it free.