Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

If you think antique rugs are old-fashioned you will be surprised to see what 13 top interiors did with them in the 2015 Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse that just ended in New York. Their work demonstrates that when antique rugs are artfully mixed with modern art and contemporary pieces the rooms convey a level of imagination and sophistication that cannot be achieved by merely following trends.  For their show house Sotheby’s gave 13 top interior designers carte blanche to choose antiques, contemporary art and modern furniture from Sotheby’s upcoming auctions. Here are my picks for the 7 best interiors with decorative rugs from the 2015 Designer Showhouse.


A grey and cream wool and silk Art Deco rug infuses energy and compliments a bronze and glass Lynx desk in the library designed by Juan Carretero.


This view of the library shows the interplay between the jagged wave pattern of the Art Deco rug and the curving contours of the sofa and upholstered chair. 


A pale green and cream Oushak rug compliments pale lavender walls and a Louis XVI carved bergère upholstered in purple in the sunroom designed by Meredith Ellis.


In this view of the Meredith Ellis designed sunroom a circa 1750 George II mahogany stool picks upholstered in orange velvet resonates with up coral accents in the Oushak rug. 


 A 19th century Zieglar Mahal oriental rug with vibrant coral and blue accents inspired the orange, blue and green color scheme of the master study designed by Leura Fine of Laurel & Wolf.


A dark brown and white modernist rug compliments a yellow Art Deco upholstered chair, white sofa and a George Nakashima “Slab” coffee table in the family room designed by Eric Cohler.


A red and cream circa 1940 French Art Deco rug attributed to Jacques Adnet adds drama to the living room designed by Cullman & Kravis. Damien Hirst’s Kindness hangs above the fireplace mantel.


In the breakfast room by Ashley Darryl a black and white geometric rug compliments blue, black and white striped walls and a circa 1820 George IV rosewood circular center table surrounded by curved backapricot- pink and gold dining chairs.


In the bedroom designed by Robert Dean, pink walls provide a playful counterpoint to the French Empire style mahogany center table, the Italian Neoclassical fruitwood armchairs all anchored by a round1940’s Art Deco rug (based on a design by Paule Leleu).



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