Which Greens Work Best When Decorating with Green Rugs?

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If you're passionate about the color green, you may be wondering if it's possible to decorate a green room with green rugs. You're wondering if the presence of so much green would be overkill. There are so many different shades of green in the rainbow. Whether you're attracted to the deep, moody tones of a pine green, the delicious, lemony hues of chartreuse or the cozy, warm vibe of olive green, the type of green that you choose will greatly affect the look and feel of your room.  Read More

3 Fashionable Ways to Decorate with Bessarabian and Aubusson Rugs

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Interior Designer Thomas O’Brien said "I'm not about trends or what's in season…For me it's really about beautiful and classical things." Fine Aubusson rugs and Bessarabian rugs represent the finest in classical beauty, which makes them great complements for modern interiors. Both Aubusson and Bessarabian rugs feature motifs from classical architectural and floral elements. The difference between Aubusson rugs and Bessarabian rugs is that the motifs in Bessarabian rugs are drawn in a naive way whcih gives these rugs a more informal look. Both types of rugs are great for modern intriors because the add contrast to the straight lines of modern furniture. Aubusson rugs and Bessarabian rugs come in a wide spectrum of colors. In today's blog post we will learn how AD100 interior designer Scott Snyder picked the perfect Bessarabian rug for a library and just the right Aubusson rugs for a living room and a dinning room. Studying the interiors of a master such as Scott Snyder will help you find the most "beautiful and classical" Aubusson or Bessarabian rug for your room. Read More

How to Design Chic and Restful Bedrooms with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs, steeped in history and featuring gorgeous motifs derived from classical architecture and French floral detailing, are the types of rugs that you want to show off. The legendary beauty of traditional Aubusson rugs is so awe-inspiring that the last thing you want to do is to keep them from public view. Your instinct is to display them in your public rooms so that every visitor to your home can enjoy them as much as you do. In a new trend designer's like Michael S. Smith are bringing Aubusson rugs into the bedroom. You can use Aubusson rugs to decorate your bedroom or resting area in the same way that you would use them to decorate the more public spaces of your home. If you can, choose your Aubusson rug first, and let everything else follow. Choose colors and textures that promote rest and calm. Read More

Three Chic Ways to Transform a Room with Orange Rugs

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Orange has gotten a bad reputation over the years; think hunting vests, traffic cones and day-glo shag rugs. Yet orange is a truly versatile color that can create an array of looks. On the warm color spectrum, the collection of orange tints, shades and hues have a chameleon-like capability to match the aura you want to create. Orange rugs can mimic the effects of the other colors on the warm color palette. Orange rugs can have the vibrancy or stateliness of red, the sunny disposition of yellows and the chic or modern look of pinks. Since orange is a color that also always has a character all its own, it certainly lives up to the adage described by legend jeweler Harry Winston: “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” Read More

Celebrity Aubusson Rugs in Traditional and Modern Interiors

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The story of Aubusson rugs can be told in three acts. In the first act, the mid-1600s versions of these hand-woven tapestry rugs have not survived so we can only speculate that they probably looked somewhat like the flat-woven kilims of the near-east because the art of tapestry weaving is thought to have come from members of the invading Saracen army who stayed behind and settled in France after the battle of Poitiers in 732 A.D. Act two opens after 1750, with Aubusson rugs adopting the grand, floral style of the plush, much lauded, exclusively royal and oft-envied Savonnerie carpet. The final act brought forth Aubusson rugs woven in the mid 1800's during the reign of the last King of France, Louis Philippe. These Aubusson rugs have a romantic blend of floral and architectural elements that we now think of as the typical Aubusson rug look. When you think of Aubusson rugs, you may have a very strict and rigid interpretation of how they should be used. You may have visions of old French country estates filled with rooms decked out with heady and intoxicating baroque elements or spaces filled with softer but still elaborate rococo furnishings. If so, it's time to broaden your vision: Aubusson rugs can be placed in rooms as varied and diverse as their history. Read More

How to Decorate in Celebrity Style with Aubusson Rugs: 4 Tips

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Ever since the cover of Architectural Digest featured a fabulous Louis XV Aubusson rug in the updated Manhattan penthouse of White House interior designer Michael S. Smith, Aubusson rugs have become all the rage with trend setting interior designers who like to combine the best aspects of modern with great classical designs. In this blog post we will learn how with a few quick moves, and perfectly chosen Aubusson rug can make your home look like a celebrity's. Read More

Bring Chic Luxury to Living Rooms with Aubusson Rugs: 3 Tips

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Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is Architecture: It is a matter of proportions.” The iconic French designer very well could have been speaking about Aubusson Rugs, which also have origins in the same Mecca of fashion and design. Aubusson rugs are patterned after the stunning tapestries created in the Aubusson region for centuries. Read More

How to Pick Aubusson Rugs For Stylish and Peaceful Blue Rooms

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For those who live hectic lives where time seems in short supply - the calming effect of rooms designed with blue Aubusson rugs carry waves of peaceful feelings. Anyone wishing to cultivate more restful feelings in the home can make great use of Aubusson rug with blue accents. Previous blog posts on decorating with blue rugs have pointed out that blue rooms that do not have any warm colors such as beige, yellow or gold can feel cold. A room feels inviting and calming when it has a balance of cool and warm colors. The three stylish interiors in today's post demonstrate how to achieve this balance.. Read More

How to Create a Hotel-Chic Vibe in Your Home with Aubusson Rugs

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The Hotel le Bristol in Paris. The Sanderson in London. The Peninsula in Bangkok. You know the feeling. You walk into the hotel for a weekend getaway. You're under the hotel's spell from the moment you enter and step on a fabulous Aubusson rug under a 10,000 light chandelier sparkling overhead while dreamy, grey walls create a soothing backdrop. You insert the card key into the lock and, swinging the doors open wide, you're immediately transported to a place of luxury, peace and a feeling of welcome. The furnishings could be fun and eclectic, or they could be traditional and reserved. The thing that stands out for you is that it all feels so richly luxurious, instantly creating a space that you never want to leave. You look around, determined to find out the secret for bringing hotel-like style into your own space. Read More

How to Pick Aubusson Rugs for Chic Interiors: 6 Tips

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You've seen them, and you've fallen in love. Beautiful, richly colored Aubusson rugs have found a place in your heart! From the classy rooms of Downton Abbey to the glamorous interiors that Pinterest has you pining for, you would love to fill your home with such a luxurious feel. But you are not quite sure how to get started and how to pick the right Aubusson rug to create the feeling you desire for the space. So I put together a short list of what to look for so you end up with that perfect Aubusson rug that will bring glamour and chic style to your interiors. I will explain these step by step and illustrate them with examples of rooms by great interior designers. Read More