How to Glamorize Brunschwig & Fils Ikat Fabrics with Aubusson Rugs

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Oscar de la Renta was the first fashion designer to introduce Ikat dresses on fashion runways in 2005, and ever since then he has demonstrated his love for Ikats by working directly with Ikat weavers in Uzbeksitan (see video). So when I was looking for confirmation for the idea of pairing Brunschwig & Fils Ikat fabrics with a floral Aubusson rug, I researched de la Renta's Fall 2013 Ready to Wear Collection and was very pleased to find that he had combined geometric and floral Ikat patterns in a fabulous dress. Oscar de la Renta had done exactly what Asmara designer Alexis McDermott did when she paired Brunschwig & Fils geometric Ikat fabrics with a floral Aubusson rug featured in today's post. Geometric Ikat fabrics have a naturalistic and comfortable look that contrasts with the refined curves of a floral Aubusson rug. The combination of two such contrasting looks makes a room feel glamorous and comfortable at the same time. It is the interior design equivalent of wearing blue jeans with a silk top. When this is done well, the result is both chic and comfortable. On the opposite end of the spectrum are rooms that look boring because everything is of the same style and from the same design period. Interior designer Cindy Rinfret calls this type of decorating "embassy style decorating." Read More

7 Gorgeous Interiors with Aubusson Rugs from AD and Pinterest

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Since Michael Smith's Manhattan penthouse with fabulous antique Aubusson rugs made the cover of Architectural Digest last fall, interior designers in England and Brazil have created gorgeous interiors mixing modern and antique pieces with extraordinary Aubusson rugs. These interiors are featured in this month's Architectural Digest and have confirmed that Aubusson rugs are being used in contemporary decorating. It is also wonderful to see next to these modern room two great interiors by Albert Hadley which prove beyond doubt what a great master he was when it came to decorating with Aubusson rugs. Read More

Pinterest’s 10 Most Glamorous Interiors with Aubusson Rugs

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Pinterest's vast archive of glamorous interiors and beautiful decorative rugs is growing so rapidly it is nearly impossible to keep up. I have done hours of research over the past several weeks and picked these 10 Most Glamorous Interiors with Aubusson Rugs on Pinterest. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Adorn the Art Filled Interiors of Four Seasons Firenze

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If the Four Seasons Firenze feels like a private home it is because it was formerly the Palazzo della Gherardesca, the private residence of Florentine nobles for five centuries. It was built by Bartolomeo Scala, a millers son who rose to become the Chancellor of the Republic in 1465. Bartolomeo Scala hired Giuliano da Sangallo, the most illustrious architect in Florence at the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent. The palazzo many famous owners include Alessandro de' Medici - who became Pope Leo XI for just 21 days, many generations of the Gherardesca family, Isma'il Pasha, the ex-Khedive of Egypt and several other notables. Read More

Gold on Black Aubusson Rugs Inspire Fall-Winter 2012 Womens Fashions

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As a designer of decorative rugs, I look far and wide for inspiration. In yesterday's post the inspiration was nature and I posted pictures I took this spring and fall in Boston's Arnold Arboretum. Today's source of inspiration is women's fashion. I looks for sudden and drastic shifts in moods in women's fashion. They are usually an early trend forecaster of decorative rug fashions in the coming years. Read More

6 Decorating Tips: Aubusson Rugs in French Empire Interiors

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A view of The Grand Trianon. Image © EPV If you happen to visit the Palace of Versailles do not miss the Grand Trianon. It is the more livable palace where the French Kings preferred to live rather than in the formal and massive Versailles Palace. The interiors in the Grand Trianon provide unique insight into the Empire Style created by Napoleon's favorite architects Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine. The Aubusson rugs in The Grand Trianon are classics of the Percier and Fontaine version of neoclassical style. The decorative approach, color preferences and aesthetics of the French Empire architects are uniquely French. Five Tips for Decorating with Aubusson Rugs in the French Empire Style 1. Choose colors for the upholstery and walls from the opposite end of the color wheel from the colors found in the  Aubusson rugs. 2. Use mostly cool colors when selecting Aubusson rugs, fabrics and walls. 3. Unify and quieten the room by using the same fabrics and colors on chairs, sofa and walls. 4. Mix round and square shapes and patterns in fabrics, furniture and Aubusson rugs 5. Choose Aubusson rugs and fabrics with flat, two dimensional motifs. 6. Choose smooth silk fabrics and flat woven Aubusson rugs in preference to pile Savonnerie rugs. The six rooms below illustrate these six decorating principles. Brief History of the Grand Trianon: The Grand Trianon was originally built by Louis XIV as a retreat for himself and his mistress of the time, the Marquise de Montespan. The King wanted a place where he could be with his guests, away from the strict etiquette of the court that prevailed at the palace of Versailles. After a period of neglect following the French Revolution, Napoleon had the Grand Trianon remodeled and completely redecorated in the Empire Style. Napoleon lived there with his second wife Marie Louise of Austria. Today the rooms are kept as they were at the time of Napoleon and Louis-Philippe. 1. The Empire Aubusson Rug in the Emperor's bedroom has a circular central medallion on a gold background with large open areas. The motifs are in the neoclassical style of Percier and Fontaine favored by Napoleon. The gold of the Aubusson rug and blue silk fabric are on opposite ends of the color wheel. Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons. Read More