Originally made for French royalty to reduce the need for importing Turkish rugs, Savonnerie rugs soon were being made in uniquely French designs painted by the leading fine artists of the day. These rugs almost invariably bring a certain regal feel to any room. It’s almost impossible to put one in a room and not have images of royalty, or perhaps presidents – several grace the White House. But they can add a certain touch of class to a sophisticated, contemporary design, as well. While Savonnerie rugs frequently come in bold colors and patterns, they also come in a variety of more subtle tones and patterns, making them a perfect choice for a more modern design in need of a touch of class. These four rooms show how top designers decorate with Savonnerie rugs in fresh and modern ways.
Redefine a Hallway into Seating Area with Savonnerie Rug
In this cute and cozy hallway, a Savonnerie rug helps define a conversation area carved out with a fuchsia sofa and two round, striped armchairs. The subdued pattern in the rug helps refine the shabby chic feel, heightened with multiple bunches of flowers to match the sofa and colorful, funky turquoise lamps. Windows line one wall, and framed art the opposite wall. Image courtesy of b for bonnie.
Create a Modern Regal Bedroom with Savonnerie Rug
This understated, contemporary bedroom design by Jean-Louis Deniot uses shades of beige, gray, taupe and cream to create an exquisitely rich and luxurious feeling space. A stately fireplace adorns one wall, and the dramatic curtained headboard provides a grand sense of scale. An animal-print settee at the foot of the bed recalls centuries past, and the pattern in the rug adds just enough interest to frame the bed beautifully. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Unify Modern and Traditional Elements with Savonnerie Rug
In this funky modern-contemporary living room, designed by Jorge Elias, the Savonnerie rug provides a calming pattern in the midst of red velvet, animal prints, polka dots and stripes. The rugs complement the paint color as well as the yellowish tones in the animal print accent pillows. Carved columns on the walls add a slightly regal touch and frame two ultra-modern David LaChapelle photographs of the iconic Amanda Lepore to top off this look. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Add Style to Traditional Living Room with Savonnerie Rug
This living room has all the trappings of the 18th century – silk-covered walls, pendant chandelier, carved fireplace and moldings, and classical paintings – but it mixes things up with a modern, cozy turquoise sofa and armchairs. The turquoise Savonnerie rug ties the whole room together, making the yellow walls that dominate the upper half of the room work with the turquoise palette that hovers closer to the floor. Turquoise lamps and armchairs hug the walls.
If you’re looking for a way to bring subtle class and unify modern and traditional elements in a room design, you can achieve it by starting your design with a Savonnerie rug. These rugs can provide warmth, texture and charm and help you develop the rooms colors palette and guide you in selecting furniture and accessories. Try to mix objects of different styles, materials and texture as this is what will make the room interesting and inviting.