Ever since Coco Chanel decorated her Paris apartment around a Directoire Aubusson rug, French Aubusson rugs have been favored by the world’s top fashion and interior designers. This fall the cover of Architectural Digest featured an exuberantly colored Louis XV Aubusson rug in the updated New York penthouse of Michael S. Smith- widely known as the White House’s interior designer.
Fashion designer Kate Spade is renowned for her modern interpretation of classic style. This is reflected in her Manhattan apartment in which a French Aubusson style needlepoint rug is paired with bold contemporary art.
To assemble this collection of the 7 best celebrity interiors with Aubusson rugs, I have once again turned to Pinterest. Pinterest has become such a vast repository of historical and modern interiors, it is a great place to find the widest possible range of styles at many taste levels.
These 7 finest celebrity interiors with Aubusson rugs show how today’s leading interior designers such as Michael S. Smith, Kate Spade and Ann Getty create fresh, vibrant and highly distinctive interiors with Aubusson rugs.
1. Coco Chanel in her Paris home. A fabulous Directoire Aubusson rug in muted green and antique rose anchors antique French furniture, a Chinese screen and leather bound volumes in shades of muted rose, brown, gold and black. This 1930’s apartment is as timeless as Coco’s outfit. Source: Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs via Inspirational People.
2. Kate Spade’s fashion genius is to turn traditional patterns into contemporary fashion. Her Manhattan living room exemplifies her modern fashions that are based on classic patterns. An eye catching black and white contemporary painting and blue sculpture are warmed by a French Aubusson style needlepoint rug in muted greens, golds and red. The mix of styles is further enriched by ikat floor pillows, French chairs and a black Chinoiserie coffee table. The room feels modern because the walls, drapes, chair and sofa fabrics are in contemporary shades of grey and pale blue mixed with white. Source: Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs via Living Room.
2A. Kate Spade trademark fashion sense is evident in this view of her Manhattan living room- sofa pillows in a graphic black and white pattern and in ruby red echo the colors of the ikat floor pillow and also activate the reds in the Aubusson rug. The stack of books on the coffee table is masterful. Source: Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs via inside the home.
3. Michael S. Smith’s modern take on high end traditional decor is written all over his updated New York penthouse featured on the cover of the September 2012 Architectural Digest. Using large amounts of pale greys on the walls, sofa and Louis XVI–style gilt-wood armchairs gives the room a modern feeling. The vibrant colors and cream background of the Louis XV Aubusson rug feels modern as well. As a side note it is extremely difficult to find a Louis XV Aubusson rug with clear, vibrant colors on a cream ground- a testimony to Michael Smith’s resourcefulness. Source: Architectural Digest via Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs.
3A. Michael S. Smith created several seating areas on the clear colored French Aubusson rug. Notice that the medallion of the Aubusson rug is treated as part of the overall design and the furniture is arranged for comfort rather than in deference to the pattern of the rug. This makes the room feel more comfortable and inviting. Source: Architectural Digest via Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs.
3B. Even though the Aubusson rug is of a very large size, the living room is still larger. This allows the beautiful wood floor to be appreciated. A bureau plat and and 18th century chair resonate with the aqua green border of the Aubusson rug. Source: Architectural Digest via Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs.
4. Anne McNally, former fashion director of Vanity Fair stands on a purple, green and cream Aubusson rug in the living room of her Paris apartment renovated by Jacques Garcia. Behind her is her portrait by Anh Duong. Source: Architectural Digest via Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs.
4A. Another view of Anne McNally’s Paris living room. The pink, green and white Aubusson rug extends all the way to base of the fireplace. Heirloom Louis XVI chairs and sofas are covered in a pink damask by Rubelli. The horse lithograph on the far wall is by Salvador Dalí. Source: Architectural Digest via Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs.
5. In the Green Drawing Room in Warwick Castle, England, chartreuse green wall and cream, green and gold Neoclassical ceiling are paired with a coral, pink, cream and purple Aubusson rug. Charteuse green being on the opposite side of the color wheel from pink and purple, creates an eye catching color combination. Source: Richard A. Higgins Photo via Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs via Interiors.
6. The Bird room at Shugborough as redecorated by the great John Fowler when he worked for the National Trust. The yellow walls and contrasting white fireplace are reminiscent of other rooms by John Fowler. John Fowler had a love for all things French. A Neoclassical French Aubusson rug with a greenish gold background resonates with a Neoclassical ceiling in cream, gold and green. The pale blue sofa creates a gentle pop, while the green sofa harmonizes with the color palette of the room. Source: Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs via English classic style.
7. This image from the book Ann Getty Interior Style shows how fine antique furniture and rugs can be composed in a fresh and vibrant setting. The French Aubusson rug has an unusual color palette of pink, black and muted green which is picked up by the purple velvet seat of the antique chair and the black and gold of the commode. The mushroom colored damask wall covering provides a soft, yet rich backdrop. The color palette is tonal, but still gently colorful. The room has a romantic, musical quality, which could be a reflection of Ann’s music composer husband Gordon Getty. Source: Pinterest Celebrity & Historic Rugs via Interior Spaces