Many celebrities have used Bessarabian rugs with dark colors to bring drama and style to their homes. Dark colored Bessarabian rugs are dramatic in themselves as they were originally created for Russian royal homes. Designer Dorothy Draper once said, “I always put in one controversial item, it makes people talk.” Bessarabian rugs are mysterious and surprise guests with their unexpected glamor. Interiors with Bessarabian rugs get people talking because they leave a memorable impression.
The Beauty of Bessarabian Rugs with Black and Dark Brown
A Bessarabian rug black and dark brown brings vibrancy to a room. The Bessarabian rug becomes the focal point and at the same time it helps other pieces with dark accent colors stand out as in Lee Radziwill’s Park Avenue apartment below.
After her divorce from Stanislaw Radziwill in 1974, Lee Radziwill moved to this sunny apartment on Park Avenue. The black, cream and gold Bessarabian rug, the Regency dining table and the Duke of Beaufort botanicals reminded Lee of Turville her English country manor house. Image courtesy Cote de Texas Blog.
The Bessarabian rug in the dining room of Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jackie Kennedy and a jet-setter in her own right, has a black background that stands out, but not too much. Radziwill worked closely with designer Renzo Mongiardino to develop her style, and she maintained that she always started with the rug when designing a room; she decorated extensively with Bessarabian rugs. While the Bessarabian rug creates a beautiful focal point, it also pulls out the dark colors in the room, which uses a lot of light, neutral tones otherwise. For instance, the black in the Bessarabian rug highlights the dark greens in the botanical prints and the dark wood and gold of the chairs and dining table.
A Bessarabian rug that uses a small amount of a dark color for the negative space creates interest to make a room pop.
A Duet of Contrasting Color
Bessarabian rugs also utilize intense blues, reds and greens for the background colors of the rugs, and contrasting that background color with its opposite on the color wheel will make both the rug and the other color really stand out.
A Bessarabian rug with a red background brings drama and an exotic ambiance to the library at the 2012 Junior League of Boston Show House. Interior design by Theo and Isabella Design Group. Photo: Michael J. Lee
The punch of red in the Bessarabian rug in a room of the 2012 Boston Showhouse instantly draws the eye to the center of the room. However, the next place that draws attention is the green and gold wall treatments; it’s mainly due to the contrast between the colors red and green
Another Bessarabian rug, this one with a dark brown background lends an aura of opulence to another seating area of the library at the 2012 Junior League of Boston Show House. Interior design by Theo and Isabella Design Group. Photo: Michael J. Lee
As mentioned earlier, modern Bessarabian rugs owe their opulent and exotic styling to the 19th century Bessarabian rugs made for Russian royal patrons.
Another view of the library library at the 2012 Junior League of Boston Show House with dark colored Bessarabian rug. Interior design by Theo and Isabella Design Group. Photo: Michael J. Lee
Bessarabian Rugs in Deep Dramatic Colors Appear Regal
A Bessarabian rug that uses a large amount of any dark color as a background creates deep drama that screams for attention in any room. A dark blue or black background will allow other colors to be ultra-highlighted, making the Bessarabian rug beg for attention.
The high amount of black-brown in the Bessarabian rug in a bedroom in Bran Castle allows the beautiful reds and oranges to really stand out. Even with all of the dark woods in the room, not to mention the immense, ornately carved canopy of the bed, the eye is still drawn right to that rug.
A lot of black negative space in a Bessarabian rug makes a vivid impression in a bedroom in Bran Castle.
The high amount of black in the Bessarabian rug in a bedroom in Bran Castle allows the beautiful reds and oranges to really stand out. Even with all of the dark woods in the room, not to mention the immense, ornately carved canopy bed, the eye is still drawn right to the exuberant Bessarabian rug.
The amount of drama you want to create in a room is determined by the artistic quality of the Bessarabain rug and how effectively it uses light and dark colors.
Here is a selection of Bessarabian rugs with accents of dark color:
The Kirov J Savonnerie rug and the Kirov J Needlepoint rug have a chocolate brown background and the colors are inspired by the stage sets at the legendary Kirov Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Hermitage Bessarabian pile rug was inspired by an antique Bessarabian rug and resembles the Bessrabian carpet in Brooke Astor’s legendary library designed by Albert Hadley. The Bessarabian rug was originally in the drawing room designed by Sister Parish and Hadley kept it because it also worked so well with his red lacquer library shelves. This Bessarabian rug has a very dark brown that brings out the drama of the border. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Canterbury Bessarabian Rug in the Fresco needlepoint. It is occasionally available as an antique textured Bessarabian pile rug.This stunning Bessarabian rug is highly unusual because it has two dark colors- a dark brown in the border and a dark blue in the medallions in the field. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Moldova Bessarabian Savonnerie oriental rug resembles the Bessarabian rug once used by Bunny Williams.The dark brown is used in small amounts in the border and the drama in this Bessarabian rug comes from the bright yellow which takes the place of dark brown. The yellow complements the clear colors in this modern Bessarabian rug. Moldova combines neoclassical and folk elements which have been drawn with stepped outlines in the tradition of 19th century Bessarabian rugs. The vibrant color palette contains yellows, golds, reds, greens, blues and purple and makes it easy to create many different color palettes for a room. Modlova is also available as the Moldova Needlepoint Rug. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
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