Mixing Patterned Rugs, Needlepoint Rugs, Fabrics | 6 Decorating Tips

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Interior Designer Eric Guenther, founder of Whim Designs, southern California is a master of mixing patterned rugs, needlepoint rugs and patterned fabrics. In a video interview during my visit to Whim Design, Eric answers the questions his clients ask about mixing patterned rugs and fabrics and creating beautiful interiors. Read More

Geometric Decorative Rugs Set Trend in Mary McDonald’s Kips Bay 2011

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I visited the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House last Sunday as I do each year, to forecast fashion trends in the best quality decorative rugs. I was most impressed by Mary McDonald's entrance hall. It is one of the two trend setting rooms in the entire show house, the other being Celerie Kemble's Lady's Library, featured in yesterdays post. Read More

Contemporary Wool Rugs Inspired by 2000 year old Roman Stone Art

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A few years ago I was struck by the beauty of a 2000 year old Roman stone street. The stones had irregular shapes, rounded corners and were fitted together to form an organic pattern akin to crocodile skin. In a flash I saw the possibility of creating a great contemporary wool rug with irregular silk lines . Read More

Top 5 Questions People Have About the Best Rugs for a Room, Part 1

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The 4 Best Rug Innovations of the past 25 years, Part 2

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 In yesterdays post I discussed the first two innovations that have re-invigorated oriental rugs. Even though the vast majority of oriental rugs made today are copies of popular designs, a few innovative rug makers have started making original art rugs that compare favorably with the finest antique rugs made 300 years ago. By understanding the 4 big innovations of the last 25 years you will learn how to distinguish rugs that are original works of art from those that are copies. Read More