Elle Decor May 2015: 8 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

The 5 best interiors with decorative rugs in the November 2014 Elle Decor feature the work of three emerging interior designers with uniquely contemporary approaches to traditional design.

Since the choice of decorative rug plays such a key role in these room designs, I have introduced selections from the Asmara Rug Collection to suggest ways you could personalize and enhance the look and feel of a room.   

 Geometric rugs, geometric rug, grey rugs, textured rugs

A grey Greek key pattern geometric rug compliments green and white floral chintz upholstery and brings a modern vibe to Kate Rheinstein Brodsky’s living room in Manhattan. A lacquered white ceiling and a mix of traditional and contemporary furniture in black and grey create a crisp and calm atmosphere.

 Geometric rugs, geometric rug, green rugs, textured rugs

If you find sisal rugs too unforgiving you’ll love the luxurious softness of Sigma FC oriental rug which is hand made with handspun wool and has natural variations in color and texture similar to antique rugs. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

 Geometric rugs, geometric rug, beige rugs, textured rugs

A gold and beige textured geometric rug pulls together a color palette of shimmering gold, dark brown, cream and white and accentuates the Zen-like ambiance in the living room of a Chicago home designed by Megan Winters.

 Damask rugs, geometric rugs, beige and gold rugs, contemporary rugs

Left: The Valencia oriental rug was inspired by a 17th century Alcazar rug. Right: The Sigma EA oriental rug is handmade with luxurious handspun wool that feels soft and has the patina of antique rugs. Rug Designs © Asmara, Inc

 Textured rugs, flatweave rugs, flat weave rugs, custom rugs

A taupe Abaca rug adds texture and compliments black and white stripes on the walls and ceiling while gold accents add warmth to the dining room designed by Megan Winters in Chicago.

 striped rugs, striped rug, black and white rugs, custom rugs

A large black and white striped rug continues the the black and white theme to the media room, however, the absence of warm accent colors leaves this stylish room feeling a little cold.

 striped rugs, striped rug, black and white rugs, custom rugs

A black and white room feels cold unless you add warm accent colors such as gold, brown or beige. The Trevi 6563 DM oriental rug solves this problem because it contains warm accents. Golden-beige stripes are interspersed between black and white stripes making the room look stylish and feel warm. Trevi can be custom ordered in large sizes in a choice of textures all made of hand spun wool such as an oriental pile, a textured cut and loop weave and a reversible Soumak flat weave.

 striped rugs, striped rug, black and white rugs, custom rugs

For the home office and library, Megan Winter brought graphic energy with a black and white striped flat weave rug and added warmth with brown and wood tones which are distributed throughout the room.

Hide rugs, hide rug, animal print rug, python rug

A brown and gold hide rug highlights the fuchsia and white toile upholstery and compliments pale beige leopard print wall covering in the Megan Winters designed bedroom in Chicago.

Hide rugs, hide rug, animal print rug, python rug

Liven up a bedroom with a beige and brown animal print cowhide rug such as Python BEI Cowhide Rug 9021BEI

oushak rugs, oushak rug, grey Oushak rug, contemporary rugs

A grey contemporary Oushak rug adds a touch of luxury and soft contrast against an antique stone floor in a large garden facing living room in a Bel Air, California house designed by Kim Alexandriuk.

oushak rugs, oushak rug, grey Oushak rug, contemporary rugs

Create an elegant and welcoming atmosphere in a great room with a gray Kiraz Oushak Rug 3206T1.The rug contains accents of warm brown and cool blue which add warmth and pick up blue and brown tones in fabrics and accessories as in the Bel Air, California living room above.

striped rugs, striped rug, contemporary rugs, custom rugs

A beige and white striped rug compliments a striped sofa and stone coffee table with graphic patterns while an ornate chandelier adds contrast in the Kim Alexandriuk designed Bel Air, California family room.


Pep up a room with this brown, tan and cream striped cowhide rug. Mosaic BEI Cowhide Rug 9017BEI




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