Bring Chic Luxury to Living Rooms with Aubusson Rugs: 3 Tips

Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is Architecture: It is a matter of proportions.” The iconic French designer very well could have been speaking about Aubusson Rugs, which also have origins in the same Mecca of fashion and design. Aubusson rugs are patterned after the stunning tapestries created in the Aubusson region for centuries.

Aubusson rugs display the French penchant for sophisticated designs inspired by nature and complemented by motifs from classical architecture. The well sophisticated color palette of Aubusson rugs contains a balance of cool and warm colors which makes it easy for a decortore to design an inviting and stylish room. Aubusson rugs incorporate a border and lines of symmetry, creating the right proportions Ms. Chanel was talking about.

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Coco Chanel in 1937Aubusson rugs, Aubusson rugs for sale, French Aubusson rugs, Aubusson carpetsAubusson rugs’ sophisticated use of colors and traditional French styling give the room a look that, in the words of another famous desinger, feels “Collected, not Decorated.”  The distinct design and luxurious quality of Aubusson rugs allow them to speak softly. Or, you can find bold Aubusson rugs that can be used to be the center of attention and conversation in your room.

1. Add Chic Luxury with Subtle Aubusson Rugs

Aubusson rugs with light tints and shades will subtly add a sense of luxury and high style to a room. A subtle Aubusson rug’s design will quietly frame the proportions of the room, complementing the art and furniture in such a way that the entire room sing an aria in perfect harmony.

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The light shades and neutrals in this 19th century Aubusson rug allow traditional and contemporary elements to sing in harmony in fashion designers Kate and Andy Spade’s Park Avenue apartment designed by interior designer Steven Sclaroff. Image courtesy Steven Sclaroff.

In the space created by New York designer Steven Sclaroff, the delicate palette and shading of the Aubusson rug picks up cues from other pieces in the room, but it’s done with such a fine touch that the rug shines without overpowering the art and the furniture. In fact, the loudest pieces in the room are the dual abstract paintings on the wall, a direct contrast to the Aubusson rug’s traditional styling- and the contrast between abstract paintings and the Aubusson rug’s traditional art is what gives the room it’s chic look. The Aubusson rug’s tans and reds echo the pinks, oranges and yellows in the room, but the colors are all in the warm palette rather than true matches which gives the room a “Collected, not Decorated” look.

2. Add Warmth and Sophistiction to a Room


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The light and dark shades from the Aubusson rug are deftly used to balance the others colors and adds warmth and interest to the library in Julia Reed’s New York apartment. Image courtesy the cotedetexasblog.

Designer Julia Reed used the warm tans and light colors in an Aubusson rug to match the whites and creams of the wall and to anchor the dark furniture and fireplace.

The Aubusson rug defines the sitting area and its curving pattern contrasts with the straight lines of the room and makes the room feel warmer and more interesting. The dark crimson embellishments in the Aubusson rug pick up other dark shades in the room, but again these are not an obvious match- another example of a “Collected, not Decorated” look.

3. Add Drama and Luxury to a Room with an Aubusson Rug

However, an Aubusson rug can also have bold and dramatic colors, allowing the rug to take center stage. Going back to the idea of proportion, an Aubusson rug with boldly contrasting colors will add strength to the room’s architecture and lend drama to the room.

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The boldness of the La Sarre Aubusson rug adds drama to an elegant dining room. Interior design and photo by Koch Studio.

In the elegant dining room by designer Jim Koch, the striking black and gold Aubusson rug adds drama and a feeling of luxury. Since the design of the Aubusson rug is symmetrical—this one incorporates a center medallion—it lends a feeling of balance and symmetry to a room that is quite a bit longer than it’s width.

The glass table allows the the medallion to be seen through. The center of the table holds a bowl of fruit which resonates with the medallion and also hint’s at the table’s symbolism of being the center of taking nourishment. The chandelier is also aligned along this central line and creates light that radiates outwards.

Just like the scrolling acanthus leaves that surround the medallion of the Aubusson rug, the chairs surround the dining table. Not only does this bold Aubusson rug brings drama to this room, it also highlights the purpose of the room—the coming together of family and friends around the dinner table.

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