Best of February 2014 Design Magazines: 18 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

In Boston, February is when we begin to realize that it no longer becomes dark at 4PM and start hoping for spring, even though we will be in winter’s grip for quite a bit longer. The February issues of Interior Design magazines are beginning to show more color. I have picked the 18 most inspiring interiors with decorative rugs from the current Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Décor, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. I hope you enjoy them.

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Giancarlo Giammetti former chairman of Valentino and a long time member of the international fashion jet set decorated his New York with red and pink chairs that pick up the colors of the Basquiat painting. A gold custom rug adds rich texture and warmth.

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Steven Gambrel decorated this Chicago library with peacock blue, turquoise, coral and gold and pulled everything together with a golden-beige rug with blue and terracotta accents.

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In Giancarlo Giammetti’s New York living room, a custom beige oriental rug similar to the one in the dining room and tonal upholstery allow the panoramic city views and the Alexander Calder sculpture to take center stage.

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A red, orange and beige striped antique Venetian rug-anchors a French Empire bed and brick-red walls in the historic New York home of Jim Joseph and Scott Frankel.

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White walls, a cream, beige and grey Oushak rug and white dining chairs and sofa fill the dining room of a classic Georgian home in Richmond Virginia designed by Suellen Gregory.

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A red and blue striped flatweave rug ties together artifacts collected by the world traveler textile designer John Robshaw in his lower east side living room designed with Turkish born interior designer Sara Bengur who told Elle Decor, “John and I share a love of exotic cultures and of layering color, pattern, and texture; we think this kind of decorating can be just as relaxing as a monochromatic interior.”

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A blue, gold and red geometric dhurrie rug pulls together a Syrian table, Cambodian, Indian and African sculpture and a denim and bleach painting by John Robshaw in his dining room.

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A cream, taupe and coral oushak rug adds a luxurious texture and pulls together the pomegranate reds in this games room.

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A graphic black and white geometric rug adds energy to the Joseph Pubillones designed living room in the 2014 Palm Beach Red Cross Showhouse.

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An antique French needlepoint rug in a Gothic pattern anchors mid century modern and  traditional objects in Elle Decor’s French editor Sylvie de Chirée’s Paris apartment.

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Another view of Sylvie de Chirée’s living room.

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A gold oushak rug anchors white sofas, gold damask upholstery white walls and antiques in the Richmond house decorated by Suellen Gregory.

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A cream custom rug contrasts with deep purple velvet wallcovering that showcases two Henri Matisse painting and an Antoni Tapies canvas in this Luis Bustamante designed living room. Red animal print velvet pops on the black 19th century armchairs.

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Designer Daniel Romualdez chose a black and white Moroccan style rug to anchor pink walls, pink sofa, gold and glass coffee table and colorful geometric fabrics in the New York headquarters of Moda Operandi, the luxury fashion site founded by Lauren Santo Domingo.

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A traditional blue and red oriental rug adds pattern to the living room of the oldest house in Washington, DC designed by Mariette Himes Gomez. Purple Fortuny silk pillows pop against the mushroom colored sofa.

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The finely striped red rug contrasts with the large rustic stone fireplace, leather armchairs, a 19th century American hooked rug on the wall and 19th century American and English tables in this cozy fireplace seating area designed by Tom Hayes.

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A taupe East Turkestan oriental rug anchors Italian Baroque armchairs, circa-1925 Viennese chairs, Camille Roche paintings and a gold and white checkerboard Japanese Art Deco panel in the living room of antiques Dealer Ed Hardy’s San Francisco home.

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A faded pink and green damask patterned Spanish rug anchors blue 19th century French armchairs, green plaid wool curtains, green wood trim and red ceiling beams in the drawing room of a 19th-century house in Normandy, France decorated by Franz Potisek.

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