Don’t throw away your traditional decorative rugs!
A highly respected Greenwich, CT rug consultant was bemoaning that many of her clients no longer want their traditional decorative rugs, nor can they give them to their children as both parents and children are enamoured with Restoration Hardware, and one by one they are all ending up buying the same look.
I wish they were reading my blog so they can see what Miles Redd can do with his gutsy imagination, flair and exquisite taste. Miles updates tradition like no one else I know. He has a unique one of a kind look that cannot be bought in any shop window.
Miles Redd came to New York from Atlanta at age 17 to study design at Parsons, but soon got more interested in designing stage and movie sets, and ended with a degree in film from NYU. Fortunately for the world of interior design he did not leave for Hollywood but instead landed a job selling antiques for John Roselli and soon was working for his wife Bunny Williams, from whom he says he learnt “everything”.
Pairing a traditional red and blue oriental decorative rug with a blue and yellow abstract painting, black and gold leopard pillows, french blue walls and a burgundy velvet sofa with white framed cushions shows Miles Redd’s original design wit and flair. Image courtesy Miles Redd.
Imagine creating such a light, airy and relaxing bedroom in a prewar Manhattan apartment! The gray, white and black decorative rug is a patchwork of antique kilim fragments. Miles told House Beautiful the inspiration for the horn trim along the top of the walls: “Givenchy, the old couturier, has a little low horn table in his house on Cap Ferrat that I’ve always loved. I always thought it would make a great decorative paint finish. And I’ve seen faux-ivory boxes all my life — I just borrowed the technique for the walls. I take so much from history, but the way to create fresh decorating is by using it all in a new and different way”.
By painting the walls a brilliant jewel toned lacquered blue and a black and whit geometric pattern on the floor this room with no natural light looks well lit. Imagine an Oushak rug in the same black and white geometric pattern!
A blue and white antique Peking decorative rug looks completely modern paired with modern art in brilliant yellow, white, red, blue and chocolate. The jewel toned blue lacquered chest flanked by white chairs upholstered in shimmering blue ikat fabric creates a dialogue of the ages.
The black and white geometric chevron pattern adds a masculine balance to the tree pattern in the chocolate brown wall covering whch has accents of emerald green, peacock blue and tangerine. The white neoclassical table and the emerald green faux-mlachite column lamps are a study in layering and perfect placement.
A brownish red Aubusson rug with a cream floral medallion is given a masculine balance by the graphic black and white greek key fabric on the armchair.
The hallway is alluring because the red and blue traditional decorative rug is framed by blue striped wall covering, plain golden decorative rug runner and white cielings. There is a play of natural light on the jewel toned yellow chair seat and the persimmon table lamps with cobalt blue shades.
There is an air of fairy tales and fantasy in this feminine bedroom. The bed is set as if in an arbor with fluttering birds and a airy canopy suggests a pergola. This is balanced by the blue and white geometric floor reminiscent of a flat woven decorative rug or an antique Dhurrie rug. There is wonderful layering of shapes and textures- the blue lacquered stools, frilly curtains and blue table lamps.
Quotes from interview in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles:
“I would rather do without than compromise; my advice is to wait until you can afford the impact piece. There is no substitution for real, enduring quality”.
“I’m trying to develop lasting work that will endure over a lifetime so I’d rather move slowly with a client I really click with than rush into something big just for the sake of doing it”.