What is an Aubusson Rug?

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In the 17th century French artists and weavers invented the art of weaving rugs with depth perspective. This technique is so artistically demanding it has never been copied by the rug weavers of the east and even today only European rugs such as Aubusson, Savonnerie and Needlepoints have three dimensional patterns.   Cream and blue Aubusson carpet in French provincial style dining room with rustic stone walls and chandelier. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Enrich 17 Living and Dining Rooms, Bedrooms & Libraries

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Why do David Easton, Kate Spade, William T. Georgis, Jacques Garcia, Alidad, Michael Coorengel, Jean-Pierre Calvagrac, Scot Meacham Wood and David Hare have in common? They all chose Aubusson Rugs to bring glamour to traditional and modern living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and libraries. Aubusson area rugs are renowned for their elegance and sophistication. Favored by 18th century French aristocracy, you can find Aubusson rugs for sale in a variety of colors and sizes. Here are seventeen examples of how the design legends used them to create glamour. Read More

Elle Decor’s 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in December 2016

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Elle Decor's December 2016 issue seems to be predicting a return to richly colored traditional interiors with gorgeous Aubusson rugs as in the 17th-century Manor House in England designed by Laura Ingrams for a young Baron and his family. This trend is carried through to a magical alpine getaway in St. Moritz, Switzerland by Studio Peregalli. Contemporary design is becoming more luxurious as in the Lee Mindel designed Palm Beach oceanfront. I hope you enjoy my pick of Elle Decor's five best in December. Read More

Veranda’s 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in November 2016

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My picks for the five best rooms with designer rugs in Veranda's November 2016 issue include Ann and Gordon Getty's Chinoiserie themed dining room and their Russian Ballet inspired music room in their Pacific Palisades, San Francisco mansion. I was exhilarated by Richard Hallberg's fresh take on a mountain retreat in Aspen and Anthony Baratta's Utah very different view of a ski lodge which he infused with bold quilt and plaid patterns. Finally we remember Atlanta Garden legend Ryan Gainey and his take on Napoleonic style. I hope you enjoy the magnificent variety. Read More

Clients Should Let Us As Decorators Do Our Job – Brian J. McCarthy

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Brian J. McCarthy Brian J. McCarthy, Inc: New York, Southampton, Greenwich, St. Tropez, Gstaad, Monaco AD100 designer Brian J. McCarthy has such an elite clientele, that it is not surprising his website's portfolio is password protected. Brian was a partner at the legendary New York design firm Parish-Hadley before starting his own firm in 1991. Brian is on all the most coveted lists such as Architectural Digest's AD100, Elle Decor’s A-List and New York Spaces Top 50. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, New York Magazine and The New York Times. He has published two books, Luminous Interiors and Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams. The highly respected Franklin Report awarded Brian four stars and quotes clients saying, "Everyone who walks in is blown away by the warmth and details." "Brian is on an intellectual mission to find the beauty in any period." "He strongly encourages you to find your own design viewpoint." Join me as Brian shares with us his opinion on how clients could get better results if they would just let decorators do their job, what it was like to be a partner at Parish-Hadley, trends he's tired of seeing, how decorating is moving back to color and pattern, how he chooses designer rugs and much more... Read More

10 Best Rooms with Aubusson Rugs in Architectural Digest

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Architectural Digest's 10 most highly pinned Aubusson rugs showcase the work of William T. Georgis in a Manhattan townhouse, Jacques Garcia's Paris living room, Jorge Elias' 17,000-square-foot home in the Jardim Europa neighborhood of São Paulo, banking heir Pedro Espírito Santo's Lisbon residence, Nancy Morton's warm and fashionable living room, Mark Gillette's restored home in the English countryside, Michael Smith's bedroom in his New York penthouse, Inga Rubenstein's upper east side Manhattan townhouse and sitting room, and Kara Childress renovated 1933 Texas mansion. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Bring Chic Vibe to 7 Country Interiors

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Aubusson rugs ancient patterns have a timeless appeal. It might surprise you to learn that these rugs are as much at home in a rustic country interior as in a glamorous English country house, a French château or an Italian villa. Aubusson rugs were originally created in the 18th century for the French nobility. The patterns of these rugs are a combination of architectural notifs from classical Greece and Rome and French floral motifs. Aubusson rugs have a flat-woven texture which gives them a clean, almost contemporary look. The seven chic rooms in today's post illustrate several different ways of decorating with Aubusson rugs. Read More

Traditional Home: Top 6 Interiors with Designer Rugs in May 2016

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Opulence and traditional decor reign supreme in the May 2016 Traditional Home and the top 6 interiors with designer rugs illustrate this very well. Designer Frank de Biasi evokes the glories of Venice and Rome in Palm Beach with custom needlepoint rugs and damask rugs. Linda Floyd contrives a thatched Cotswolds cottage in California with an Aubusson rug and designer Corey Damen Jenkins invents a sexy traditional style for a young couple with oriental rugs.  Read More

Remembering Oscar de la Renta’s Stylish Interiors with Decorative Rugs

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The interiors and decorative rugs in Oscar de la Renta’s many homes reflect the same classical elegance as his beautiful dresses cherished by women all over the world and favored by every American first lady from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Vogue in their tribute to de la Renta, last week, noted that his elegant interiors seemed to be in a constant dialog with his runway fashions. de la Renta had a passion for patterns and colors and his urbane taste ranged from exotic Central Asian silk Ikat to intricate Elizabethan Palempore; from jewel-like Chinoiserie to stately Greek architectural motifs. Today we celebrate de la Renta’s most memorable interiors with decorative rugs. Oscar and Annette de la Renta at their home in Connecticut in 2008. Read More

Mario Buatta Creates 7 Happy Palm Beach Interiors with Decorative Rugs

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Mario Buatta can transform any dull space into a happy one by a deft pairing of pastel colors and decorative rugs in a way that makes a room come alive like a garden in spring. Buatta's artistry finds its fullest expression in Palm Beach where he has created memorable homes for celebrities and the society set. Today’s 7 interiors are among his happiest. Read More