We’re used to seeing Savonnerie rugs in opulent rooms packed with antiques and finery fit for Royals – in fact, the picture below of Marie Antoinette’s Gilded Study is an excellent example of Savonnerie rugs in just such a setting. But today’s leading interior designers are using Savonnerie rugs in more modern ways as we shall see in the chic interiors featured in today’s post.
A brown, blue and gold Savonnerie rug adorns Marie-Antoinette’s Le Cabinet Doré (loosely translated as the Gilded Study). Image courtesy The Palace of Versailles.
Their connection with French royalty, their grand patterns and exquisite craftsmanship make Savonnerie rugs the go-to item for interior designers aiming to make a prestigious statement in an interior they are about to decorate. But what happens when you’re trying to impart a more modern and subtle air of refinement? Today we’re going to look at four amazing rooms by top French, American and Brazilian interior designers which show how modern Savonnerie rugs can enhance many decorating styles such as mid-century modern, Neoclassical and clean traditional.
Add Sophistication to Modern Canopy Bedroom with Savonnerie Rug
The master suite in this Parisian pied-à-terre features a number of calming, luxurious touches. From the Louis XV bench to the Italian chandelier from the 1880s, the refinements included by designer Jean-Louis Deniot are sleek. The neutral palette of the room creates a calming atmosphere, wrapped in the soothing ivory, cream and beige tones emanating from the Savonnerie rug. Denoit has the confidence to design a Savonnerie rug with a plain cream field framed by a simple cream and beige Neoclassical border. Photo by Derry Moore for Architectural Digest.
Create a Modern Neoclassical Library with Savonnerie Rug
In the library in the same beautiful Paris apartment decorated by Jean-Louis Deniot, a delicious coffee and toffee toned Savonnerie rug provides an elegant frame for the room’s base. The simple geometric border of the rug echoes the panel and cornice work throughout the space, while the rounded shape of the 19th-century French pedestal table soften the lines and add to the welcome created by the warm browns. Grey, taupe and white walls give the room a modern feeling. Denoit’s custom Savonnerie rug has a classical yet modern look which comes from the simplicity of the geometric border design and the plain field. Photo by Derry Moore for Architectural Digest.
Add Interest to Mid Century Modern Bedroom with Savonnerie Rug
Savonnerie rugs in damask patterns and soft colors can add interest to a room that has mid century modern furniture as this beautiful bedroom. Here, in the Los Angeles master suite of John Legend and Christine Teigen, we see a beautiful collection of artwork paired with modern furnishings. Desiderata Design injected delightful pops of color throughout the space, starting with the unique green and gold Savonnerie rug. The key to pulling this off is truly loving the pieces that go into the room – then, the air of collected elegance shines through along with your own, distinct personality. Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest.
Bring Elegance to Traditional Dining Room with Savonnerie Rug
Our last stop today is the São Paulo dining room of Jorge and Lucila Elias designed by Jorge Elias himself. Warm yellow and orange tones envelop the space around the 18th-century table. The natural light highlights the gilt accents on many of the pieces and adds to the contrast between the similar colors chosen for the space. But what really makes the room complete is the subtle Savonnerie rug with a beige background and a gold acanthus leaf border. Photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest.
Hopefully what you’ve seen today will inspire you add true splendor to your room design with a Savonnerie rug.