How Celebrities Decorate and Live with Aubusson Rugs

Aubusson rugs are popular with interior designers and celebrities around the world. Their unique designs and motifs are instantly recognizable, and they are used in a wide variety of different ways. Some people use Aubusson rugs in the most formal rooms in their homes, while others believe that Aubusson rugs should be like members of the family and also used in the most private spaces of the home.

Whether you’re dealing with a designer who works primarily within an elegant monochromatic color palette like Darryl Carter, or you’re working with someone like Netherlands-born Ghislaine Viñas, a South African-raised New York-based designer who brilliantly mixes bold colors with vintage design, you can find a way to make the most fabulous Aubusson rugs work in the finished design.

Aubusson Rugs in a New York City Penthouse

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The living room of Obama White House decorator Michael S. Smith’s glorious NYC apartment. Aubusson rugs have a definitive place in Smith’s homes, including this 18th century-France inspired living room. Aubusson rugs appeal to both Smith’s serious designer side and his whimsical side. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

Smith adores the Louis XV antique Aubusson rug in the living room pictured above, which he describes as “Madame de Pompadour meets Jeff Koon.” Its rose-filled red, white and blue botanical pattern makes it seem as if you’re walking through a rose garden. A glossy Chinese cocktail table, Jensen sofa and a Japanese lacquer robe chest sit on top of the rug, while ornamental trees and flowers are scattered about. Neutral fabric and gilt, marble and wood play nicely together, balancing each other out. It’s almost as if you’re attending an indoor summer garden party. Beautiful Aubusson rugs have the power to inspire passionate responses from their owners, and they are central to any room they are placed in.

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Michael S. Smith’s bedroom in his newly renovated Manhattan penthouse. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

The circa 1805 Directoire Aubusson carpet in the above bedroom features red, pink gold, green and blue set into a floral pattern surrounding a large center medallion.

Michael Smith doesn’t subscribe to one particular design style. With clients like Cindy Crawford and Rupert Murdoch, he designs stunning spaces for clients of widely varying tastes. His home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles is decidedly modern, with vast expanses of white, light and massive windows mixing seamlessly with antique French furniture in a blend that is nothing short of pure magic.

Aubusson Rugs in the Stately English Countryside

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The drawing room in Sutton House in Sutton-on-the-Forest, 8 miles north of York, UK. Image courtesy

Sutton Park is an incredibly exquisite early Georgian Palladian-style villa that is currently the home of Sir Reginald and Lady Sheffield. Sir Reginald is the father of Samantha Cameron, the wife of David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister. If you get a chance to visit, go, as this stunning villa is open to the public for part of the year.

The home is elegantly furnished with 18th century furniture, crystal chandeliers and art that came from Buckingham House, now Buckingham Palace. Absolutely stunning award-winning gardens surround the home. Once you see them, it makes sense that glorious antique Aubusson rugs would play a role in the interiors. Many of the most magnificent Aubusson rugs feature resplendent floral patterns that are evocative of the finest gardens. This one has a pale pink and coral background interwoven with green and blue that puts you in mind of pink peonies and roses. The light-colored furnishings keep the room bright and airy.

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