Aubusson rugs, steeped in history and featuring gorgeous motifs derived from classical architecture and French floral detailing, are the types of rugs that you want to show off. The legendary beauty of traditional Aubusson rugs is so awe-inspiring that the last thing you want to do is to keep them from public view. Your instinct is to display them in your public rooms so that every visitor to your home can enjoy them as much as you do. In a new trend designer’s like Michael S. Smith are bringing Aubusson rugs into the bedroom. You can use Aubusson rugs to decorate your bedroom or resting area in the same way that you would use them to decorate the more public spaces of your home. If you can, choose your Aubusson rug first, and let everything else follow. Choose colors and textures that promote rest and calm.
Michael S. Smith Recently Updated his Manhattan Bedroom with an Aubusson Rug
Michael Smith bedroom in his newly updated New York penthouse features a circa 1805 Aubusson rug with neoclassical motifs in red, pink, blue and gold. Smith created a “Collected, not Decorated” and modern look by deliberately not matching the blue fabrics with the Aubusson rug and using a contemporary grey color on the walls. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
When your C.V. says that you’ve been the interior decorator for the Obama White House for two consecutive terms and that you are also responsible for the most recent makeover of the Oval Office, it kind of speaks for itself. Of course, we’re talking about designer Michael S. Smith. Smith is a celebrated designer for whom the old is amazing and the new is equally as fabulous.
Possessing a self-described “updated traditional” style, Smith can take a room full of vintage and modern furnishings and make them work beautifully together. His book, “Building Beauty: The Alchemy of Design,” is essentially a blueprint for people who wish to learn how to copy Smith’s knack for blending “European classicism with American modernism.” And before you think that Smith’s design style is out of your (financial) league, know that Smith is as much a fan of Pottery Barn as he is of tiny English furniture houses that hawk $10,000 sofas.
This cozy space has luxury and comfort written all over it. This headboard is covered in a luxurious blue fabric and the mattress looks very comfortable. An elaborately detailed gold framed mirror hangs on grey walls. The grey neoclassical fireplace echoes the new classical style of the Aubusson rug.
Leta Foster Designed a Peaceful Blue Bedroom on an Aubusson Rug
(Blue bedroom designed by Leta Foster). Leta Foster designed a blue bedroom on a cream Aubusson rug with blue accent colors. Foster decorated the bedroom as if the Aubusson rug had an all over design. This gave her the freedom to cover a good portion of the rug’s medallion with the bed, creating a more relaxed and romantic feeling. Image courtesy Leta Foster.
Designer Leta Foster has an obsessive fascination with attention to detail. Exquisite French, English and Italian accessories flood the rooms that she creates, each one more impeccable than the last. Her tastes run towards the traditional, but not in a fuddy-duddy type of way. Her décor envelops you in history in a way that feels unique and special, not cloying. Whereas traditional design can often seem dated, stuffy and excessive, Foster’s traditional design feels elegant and clean, almost tailored.
This blue bedroom features traditional wallpaper, mirrored desks, and a gold crystal chandelier overhead. The sea grass frame bed is set with crisp white linens, and the cream and blue Aubusson rug underneath has a bold medallion that is covered by the bed. Don’t think that Foster was trying to cover the medallion. She was simply blending it into the design of the room. The pattern became a part of the décor even though part of it was obscured. Aubusson rugs are worshiped for their entire looks, not for mere sections of them. All of the elements in Foster’s room work together to create a room that is sweetly sublime, cozy and made for rest and relaxation.
If you choose Aubusson rugs for your bedroom, don’t hesitate because you wonder if the bedroom is “special” enough. It is and you are. A very wise and absolutely fabulous designer named Miles Redd once said, “Buy the best, and you’ll only cry once.”
Here is a selection of Aubusson rugs that work beautifully in bedrooms:
The Treillage Aubusson Rug has hundreds of shades of green from yellow green to blue green and warm beiges and golds that balance the cool greens and blue-greens. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Verdure Aubusson Rug is inspired by a mid-16th century Giant Leaf Feuille de Choux tapestry.. The leaf pattern looks beautiful with white sheets and whitle walls. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.