When you were a child, you may have rolled down a hill thick with grass as the sun turned you a toasty brown. As you came to a stop in the luxuriant foliage, you may have studied it with the intensity and dedication that only a child who has nothing to do for hours and hours can muster. Blades of grass in varying shades of jades, evergreen and emerald may have jumbled together to make what you probably considered the most beautiful carpet in the world.
Many rug designers take their inspiration from nature when they produce their work. As artists, they may hope to recreate the emotions that filled them when they saw a green that filled them with a sense of calm. They may try to recreate a green that they’ve only experienced in their mind’s eye. Whatever their inspiration, they’ll make beautiful green rugs that will then be used by top designers to deck out their clients’ homes or by you so that you can create a restful retreat within your own space. Peace is subjective, so think of the types of rooms that make you relax when choosing your green rugs. Your tranquil sanctuary could be someone else’s tumultuous void.
Mary McDonald’s sitting room puts you in mind of a garden room. McDonald uses yellow green as an accent color in this living room. Cream and white are the neutrals and green, dark brown and red are the accent colors. The textured cream and green rug provides a calm and beautiful foundation.
This Mary McDonald-designed room may not be an actual garden room, but it certainly puts you in mind of one. Garden rooms are relaxing spaces within the home that are designed to bring calm to the restive soul. They can celebrate the outdoors literally with huge plants and flowers alongside giant windows that bring in the sun. Or they can be garden rooms in the metaphorical sense, like McDonald’s room above. Her “garden room” is more of a nod to nature with its hues that perfectly replicate the colors of the outdoors. The deep brown of the glass-front cabinet and the antique Chinese nesting tables make you think of oak trees and flower stems, the pale blue walls evoke visions of a crystal-clear sky, the billowy white of the ottoman with its nailhead trim and the lampshades may as well be giant white hydrangeas, and the green rug with its cream, gold and jade tones looks gentle enough to sleep on. This room was made for relaxed conversation
Mary McDonald is renowned for her fearless blending of design styles and her mashing together of seemingly disparate ideas, a winning design philosophy that allows her to create rooms that come across as timeless and classic no matter what she puts inside of them.
This dreamy, richly layered master bedroom is a Suzanne Tucker-interior. Tucker chose a beautiful green rug with a subtle tone on tone damask pattern to support this luxurious and exquistely detailed seating area of a master bedroom. Here green is used as a neutral and the accents are coral, white, dark brown, gold and black.
Serene and Sublime
Top interior and textile designer Suzanne Tucker has got the richly textured, layered luxurious room aesthetic locked down. It’s impossible to walk into one of her rooms and not immediately experience her love for the sublime. You feel immediately enveloped by a sense of tranquility and peace as soon as you step into one of her rooms. This master bedroom showcases her love of texture and fabrics. The greens, golds, rusts and creams of the overstuffed seating and the luxurious drapes work with the soft, green damask rug, which provides a beautiful base for the room.
Depending on their colors and their design, green rugs provide a great way to create a calm refuge in your home. Remember to choose green rugs and design elements that fit your very own interpretation of peace because, as Bill Blass so perfectly put it, “style is primarily a matter of instinct.”
The Undersea Mosaics Needlepoint Rug is inspired by ancient Roman Mosaics. The cool greens and blues are balanced by warm reds, yellows and golds. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Medici Savonnerie Oriental Rug was inspired by the art of Fortuny fabrics and has hundreds of shades of green ranging from yellow green to blue green. The colors are all true and clear and the rug has never been chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Bombay CG Needlepoint Rug is inspired by patterns in antique French marquetry floors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Como FG Savonnerie Oriental Rug was inspired by the art of Fortuny fabrics and has hundreds of shades of green, yellow and white. The colors are all true and clear and the rug has never been chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.