4 Glamorous Ways to Decorate with Medallion Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs with central medallions are some of the most glamorous Aubusson rugs ever created, but many people miss out on the opportunity of creating fabulous rooms around them, because they think it is hard to deal with the medallion. Fortunately, great interior designers have already forged a beautiful trail that we can learn a great deal from. Today we we will look at four exciting ways that will add glamor to any room by making imaginative use of an Aubusson rug's central medallion. The four ways illustrated in this post will inspire you to come up with your own creative way to bringing glamor to your rooms with Aubusson rugs with central medallions. Read More

How to Add Glamour to Contemporary Décor with Aubusson Rugs: 4 Tips

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You've thought about it for a long time and you think you're ready to take the plunge, but the question still lingers in the back of your mind: can you successfully mix Aubusson rugs with contemporary décor? What kind of look would you end up with if you took the plunge? Some people would call it eclectic. Others would call it vintage modern. Still others would swear it's classic contemporary. Whatever you call it, rest assured that done correctly, it would be a brilliantly glamorous fusion of the beauty of the past and the fabulousness of the present.  The Aubusson rug, the younger, more informal sister of the Savonnerie carpet, is a flat weave rug made of ultra-fine wool, with a texture, color palette and design that would work in even the most modern of rooms. The floral and architectural patterns that make up the heart and soul of Aubusson rugs lend themselves perfectly to chic contemporary settings. If you have a modern, loft-like space or a gallery-style room, don't think that your Aubusson will be out of place. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can marry the two different design styles beautifully, creating the perfect blend of something old and something new. Read More

6 Tips for Decorating with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs represent some of the most beautiful rugs in history. Their origin goes back to the 16th century to the village of Aubusson on the banks of the Creuse river, whose waters were famous for their ability for dyeing vibrant colors. This region of central France is about 200 miles from Paris. Aubusson rugs are handmade in a flat weave construction that resembles heavy tapestries which adorn the walls of French castles and palaces. Aubusson rugs quickly captured the hearts of the French aristocracy because their patterns were similar to those of pile Savonnerie carpets which were unavailable to the aristocracy as they were made exclusively for the King's palaces. Aubusson rugs come in very large sizes and feature center medallions, lyrical floral patterns, and soft color palettes. For hundreds of years Aubusson rugs have been synonymous with the ultimate in French refinement and elegance. While Aubusson rugs continue to be produced in Aubusson and the nearby village of Filletin, the production is extremely limited and is mostly confined to orders placed by the French government for presentation to foreign heads of state. For a few years starting in the 1990's Aubusson rugs were woven in China, but with the rapid rise of wages in that country, hand weaving of Aubusson rugs is now coming to an end. However the love for Aubusson rugs continues unabated among sophisticated interior decorators and connoisseurs. Just as the French aristocracy was once captured by the beauty of Aubusson rugs, so are we today fascinated by the possibilities Aubusson rugs offer for designing refined and elegant interiors in both modern and traditional styles. Read More

Learn How Kate Spade Added Glamour to Home with Aubusson Rugs

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In last week's post we learned how Kate and Andy Spade created vibrant energy in their Park Avenue apartment by mixing modern art with Aubusson rugs and explained that energy is created when we mix objects from different periods and in different styles as explained by David Kleinberg's famous saying "When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces energy." Today we will learn four additional ways of creating energy in interiors: by creating pop with colors, through the interplay of different shapes, by mixing large and small scale patterns and fourthly by juxtaposing different textures and materials. We will learn these four methods from studying the Spade's apartment. Read More

Kate Spade Enriches Modern Art with Aubusson Rugs

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AD100 Interior Designer David Kleinberg famously said "When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces an energy." When Kate and Andy Spade mixed such very different stylistic periods as modern abstract art and a romantic 19th century Aubusson rug with floral and architectural motifs, they really went very far against period and the beauty of their Park Avenue living room is something to behold. The venerable Habitually Chic Blog went so far as to say "....it's one of those timeless homes that will probably look as good in 30 years as it does after three which is a testament to the chic taste of it's owners as well as their interior designer, Steven Sclaroff." If we believe that the source of this homes wonderful energy does indeed come from the mixing of very different stylistic periods, then the same contrasting mix will still be there 30 years from now and the energy in the room will still be as wonderful as it is today. In today's post we will try to get a better understanding of this energy so we can become better at creating it in our interiors. Read More

Decorating With Black Rugs: Faux Pas, or Très Bien?

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Here's the thing: decorating with black rugs is not a fantasy dreamed up by some color and design-challenged person who doesn't know an Aubusson rug from an Oushak rug. Your first thought about a black rug may put you in mind of a massive black hole in the center of a room that sucks everything into it. Black rugs can change bland rooms into gorgeous havens and plain spaces into exciting ones. Depending on the type of black rug you choose, decorating with black rugs may very well be the answer to any lingering and frustrating design dilemmas. Read More

How to Decorate with Aubusson Rugs to Nourish the Soul

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If you're trying to figure out how to decorate your home using Aubusson rugs in a way that not only beautifies your rooms but also nourishes your soul, consider these words from Albert Hadley: "Decorating is not about making stage sets. It's not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it's about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul." He should know; Hadley was one of the most important and respected designers of the last century, making home the most beautiful place on earth for the rich and famous. If you're drawn to the exquisite beauty of an Aubusson rug, and you'd like to use it to enhance your space, read on for some ideas. Read More

How Young Paris Designers Decorated Hermes Home with Aubusson Rugs

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In yesterday's blog post I wrote that it is not desirable to exactly match the colors of the fabrics and the Aubusson rug or with any other kind of decorative rug that you have picked out for the room. So I was very pleased to see that my views are vindicated in the current issue of Elle Decor which has a magnificent French château decorated by young Parisian interior designers Michael Coorengel and Jean-Pierre Calvagrac with fabulous Aubusson rugs. The château is owned by two brothers from the family that owns the French luxury goods house Hermès. This house also breaks another rule that American decorators often follow- the colors of the walls and the fabrics are not faded as we think antique colors should be. Instead the colors are very bright, because, Michael Coorengel told Elle Decor very vibrant colors were used when Versailles was built 300 years ago and the colors we see today are the result of hundreds of years of fading, which we have accepted as the true antique colors. "Back then, Versailles was psychedelic, multicolored, like being in space," he says. "It was the standard for design. Imagine having a palace done by Zaha Hadid. It would have been the same effect, " he told Elle Decor. Read More

7 Gorgeous Interiors: How David Easton Decorates with Aubusson Rugs

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If you remove the Aubusson rug from each of the 6 gorgeous interiors by David Easton, these rooms would lose their entire personality. What is even more interesting is that the Aubusson rugs David chose for his rooms would have been rejected by many other decorators. For example, many decorators reject Aubusson rugs with prominent central medallions, saying it is too hard to arrange furniture on such rugs. Other decorators object to Aubusson rugs with floral designs or with French Empire designs. You will see that David Easton relishes all such Aubusson rugs because he knows that they bring sophistication and personality to a room that other rugs cannot. Where others see flaws in an Aubusson rug, David sees gems that will make his rooms memorable. If you are thinking that David was settling for “flawed” Aubusson rugs because he could not find the "perfect" rug, you should now that David had these Aubusson rugs custom made to his exacting specifications. Read More

Pinterest’s 7 Most Gorgeous Interiors with Luxury Savonnerie Rugs

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To qualify for Pinterest's 7 Most Gorgeous Interiors with Savonnerie Rugs, the interiors had to be both gorgeous and over the top. I rejected Napolean's bedroom at Malmaison because it was definitely way over the top, but I did not find it beautiful. I am pleased that more than half of the top 7 interiors are by American decorators, and if you did not know which ones are American, it would be hard to tell them apart from the European. As you go through these rooms, pay special attention to the rooms in which the colors of the fabrics and the walls are deliberately not coordianted with colors of the Savonnerie rugs. This freedom from the iron clad rules of color coordination gives these rooms a fresh, airy and timeless feeling. Since the attributions of the images on Pinterest are frequently missing or inaccurate, I apologize in advance for any errors that I might have unknowingly picked up from Pinterest.  Read More