How Lee Radziwill Changed Fashion, Keeping the Same Bessarabian Rugs

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Through three marriages, several life style changes, many homes including a townhouse near Buckingham Palace, an English country manor house in Buckinghamshire, a Fifth Avenue penthouse, a Park Avenue duplex and a Paris apartment near the Bois de Boulogne, Lee Radziwill has changed her decor many times, but the few things she has kept are her favorite antique Bessarabian rugs, paintings and select antiques. In today's post we discover how her favorite objects helped her stay at the peak of chic for so many years. Read More

Elle Decor’s 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in May 2017

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Elle Decor's 5 best rooms with designer rugs in May include an elegant and warm apartment overlooking New York's Grammercy Park designed by Bennett Leifer, an alumnus of Robert A. M. Stern, Juan Pablo Molyneux and Scott Snyder, as well as fashion designer Erin Beatty's colorful West Village duplex designed by Lara Apponyi and Michael Woodcock.   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

Bessarabian Rugs in 21 Top-Rated Interiors on Pinterest

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We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project! Read More

7 Ways Bessarabian Rugs Help You Decorate in Downton Abbey Style

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Bessarabian rugs quickly evoke Downton Abbey style in any room of the house because of the comfortable informality and charm they bring to a space. This is why these rugs have been prized by decorators in England, France and America. The most desirable Bessarabian rugs were made in the 19th century for the Russian nobility who wanted to emulate the style of the English aristocracy, in other words the Downton Abbey style. Here are seven ways Bessarabian rugs can help you decorate in chic Downton Abbey style. Read More

Bessarabian Rugs Enrich 4 Traditional and Modern Interiors

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In 19th century Russia the royal family and the nobles became so enamored by French and English carpets, they ordered copies of these rugs to be made in the countryside of Bessarabia which was then a part of Russia. Surprisingly the copies turned out to more charming than the originals because the weavers wove the the formal French and English patterns in a naïve and unstudied manner.  After the fall of the Czar in 1917 some of these rugs were shipped off to Paris, London and New York where they became known as Bessarabian rugs. Interior designers recognized their incredible beauty and prized them as a more friendly alternative to French and English rugs. Legendary interior designers Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, David Easton and John Saladino have designed beautiful rooms with these rugs and we will look at them to learn how to decorate with the Bessarabian rugs

Bessarabian Rugs Bring Distinction to 4 Modern Interiors

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There is something truly special about the ambiance Bessarabian rugs bring to a room. These tapestry weave carpets can readily impart a sense of drama, an eclectic vibe, or even an under-stated funky feeling to an interior. What makes a Bessarabian rug so versatile? Quite simply, their high-contrast color palette and their naive rendetion of French and English rugs which have endeared them to prestigious interior decorators in Paris, London and  New York. Today we’re going to see how four top designers decorate with Bessarabian rugs and how they bring a unique personality to interiors. Read More

Orange Rug: Richard Keith Langham Evokes Romantic Paris

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New York interior designer Christina Murphy once said, “Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging.” A great color for creating youthful and engaging punches orange and it's cousin coral both  of which are found in an extraordinary orange Bessarabian rug that Richard Keith Langham used to evoke romantic Paris in a living room in a house in Mississippi featured in Architectural Digest. Read More

How Bessarabian Rugs Give a Chic Personality to Interiors

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You’ve been looking at selection of prestigious rugs for a while, searching for the piece that speaks to your heart. You want to frame the collection of accents and artifacts you’ve acquired with a rug that is more than a floor covering, but you’re not sure about those styles so commonly spotted in fashionable designer interiors from New York to Palm Beach. In that case, there’s something to be said for the beauty of Bessarabian rugs. As Steven Stark told Architectural Digest not too long ago, “You don’t see them all that often anymore.” What Makes Bessarabian Rugs Different Read More

Add Sophistication to Modern Rooms with Bessarabian Rugs: 2 Tips

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Bessarabian rugs have a distinct look and a prestigious history. They add sophistication and glamour to modern interiors. Writer and poet Maya Angelou said, “If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” Bessarabian rugs are certainly far from the norm and designer's such as Bunny Williams, David Easton, John Saladino and Albert Hadley have used their distinctive personality to add charm to some of the most widely admired rooms. We will look at several different ways decorators have used Bessarabian rugs and learn techniques you can use in your interior design. Read More