The ability to bring out the best characteristics of a room is one of the main reasons Savonnerie rugs are a go-to item for many top designers. Despite their reputation for appearing in stately homes, regal palaces and grand estates, Savonnerie rugs can be used in more modern settings or in combination with more mellow decorative elements to make and exquisite style statement without shouting “Look at me!” At the same time Aubusson rugs can be used to enhance the glamor a space and give it a grand appearance. Different rooms call for different treatments and we will look at a variety of rooms so you can get a flavor of what can be done with Savonnerie carpets.
Modern Living Room with a Savonnerie Rug Inspired by Nature
Warm, subtle, sophistication reigns in this Palm Beach living room by Keithley Miller. The soft green, gold and yellow palette enjoys pops of rose injected by the Asmara Summer Savonnerie rug chosen as the room’s foundation. The furnishings enjoy a rich blend of textured fabrics, from cut chenille, supple silks and crushed velvet – all in shades that echo the colors in the rug. Special touches, like the onyx-topped Tarlow bench, blend seamlessly together in this comfortable space. Image courtesy of Florida Design Magazine.
Chic Living Rooms with a Damask Savonnerie Rug
Another eloquent example of how Savonnerie rug with a grey tone on tone damask pattern can help you create a contemporary living room graces the cover of this month’s Veranda magazine. For the living room of a recent project in this Connecticut home, designer Suzanne Kassler presents a brilliant blend of classic and modern elements with the soft grey damask pattern of a Savonnerie rug flanked by vibrant pops of blue on the walls of an adjacent room. Image courtesy of Veranda magazine.
Grand Living Room with a Soft Colored Savonnerie Rug
Perhaps a bolder example of the “softly, softly” approach decorators often employ when using Savonnerie rugs can be found in this stunning Manhattan apartment designed by Albert Pinto. The difference in this room is that, while the Savonnerie carpet’s color palette is rich with a number of vibrant hues, the room itself manages to carry the color softly, through the calm blue walls and subtle upholstery. The Rococo detailing is an amazing example of bringing richness to the space without overwhelming the room. Image courtesy of Albert Pinto Interiors.
Grand Hallway with Savonnerie Rug
While it might seem impossible to breathe fresh life into some interior spaces, a well-placed Savonnerie rug can provide a refined air just about any place. For example, this is the upper foyer of the Beverly Hills mansion known as Palais de Anges. This home boasts 35,000sqft of Beaux Arts luxury. By using the Savonnerie carpet in this way allows a space that would otherwise be taken for granted to have its own personality and contribute to the wider style of the home. Image courtesy of Finton Construction.
A Royal Bath with Dreamy Savonnerie Rug
Similarly, this is probably the last place most of us would think to use a Savonnerie rug. But as this beautiful watercolor painted in the 1850s by Eduard Petrovich Hau depicting the lush Winter Palace bathroom of Russian Grand Princess Maria Alexandrovna shows, Savonnerie rugs can have a tremendous impact even in a small, intimate space. The deep blue walls, gilded accents, ribbed barrel ceiling, intricate plaster work, and marble soaking tub are luxurious enough, but then there it is in stunning gold and blue on the floor.
Savonnerie Rugs Make the Room
Whether you’re looking to do a subtle redecoration or add a unique boost to an overlooked area, Savonnerie rugs offer a multitude of possibilities. They bring an air of quiet sophistication, a rich touch of luxury, and an undeniable burst of personality to whatever stage you set with them.