As Downton Abbey enters its sixth and final season we pay homage to interior designers who evoked the English Country house style decades before Downton Abbey came to these shores. What we call Downton Abbey Style today has flourished not just in America and England but also in France, Spain and Italy. Savonnerie rugs hold a special place for adding glamour to Downton Abbey Style interiors.
London based Alidad Designs used a trellis patterned oriental rug to bring a sense of order and complement a needlepoint upholstered English chair and antique map in this handsome library in England.
Fashion legend Hubert de Givenchy chose a gold and blue antique Spanish Savonnerie rug to complement a white mid-century modern bookcase, white upholstery, antique yellow walls and cathedral ceiling in his home in France.
Lisa Torbett Interiors chose Asmara’s blue and gold Morena Savonnerie rug which was inspired by a 16th century Spanish rug similar to the rug in Hubert-de-Givenchy’s home. The blue tones in the rug resonate with an aqua sofa and complement wood paneled walls and ceiling in the great room of a Sea Island Georgia club.
The salon in Hubert de Givenchy’s home had an extraordinary blue and gold French Savonnerie rug.
AD100 designer Michael S. Smith created a light and airy atmosphere in the living room of his New York penthouse with a colorful French Savonnerie rug, white walls and cream upholstery.
Lee Radziwill’s dining room in her former Park Avenue apartment had a black, gold and red Bessarabian rug rug anchoring a Regency dining table, tiger velvet chair cushions and airy botanical prints.
Nancy Lancaster and John Fowler invented the English Country House style in the 1950’s, seventy years before Downton Abbey. This famous Gothic bedroom with a gold and green Aubusson rug was in Haseley Court, Nancy Lancaster’s country home in England.
AD100 designer David Easton devised a refined and comfortable version of Downton Abbey in Dallas based on a custom Asmara Bessarabian rug, yellow walls, coral fabrics, rustic wood ceiling and an antique Spanish ceiling light fixture.
David Easton designed traditional bedoom on a gold and blue Directoire Abusson rug rug with a large oval medallion and complemented it with aqua silk upholstered chairs and yellow walls.