How to Glamorize a Room with Fireplace with Bessarabian Rugs

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If a pharmaceutical company could bottle up and sell the soothing, tranquilizing effects of a roaring fire ablaze in a beautiful fireplace, it would have the best-selling mood enhancer of all time. A lit fireplace on a chilly evening is a magical place to curl up with a blanket, some tea and a queue full of episodes of your favorite TV show. Bessarabian rugs with their classical patterns and warm colors create a reassuring and glamorous atmosphere that is ideal for rooms with fireplaces. The patterns of Bessarabian rugs often include motifs from neoclassical architecture combined with florals. The colors of Bessarabian rugs range from red, green, blue and gold accented with brownish black. These rugs are perfect for grounding a space without overwhelming it. Read More

4 Ways to Decorate with Chic Bessarabian Rug in Blue, Green, Red

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Legendary designer Billy Baldwin said, "Stick to the things you really love, an honest room is always up to date." Keep this quote in mind when you're trying to design a stylish home. Famous designers and their celebrity clients such as Renzo Mongiardino for Lee Radziwill and Albert Hadley for Brooke Astor are widely admired for the gorgeous rooms they designed with Bessarabian carpets. Read More

How a Celebrity Created Different Looks with Same Bessarabian Rug

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Bessarabian rugs are 18th and 19th century Russian creations that have become a favorite with many designers over the years. Bessarabian rugs originated several hundred years ago in Russia where the Royal family commissioned local weavers to make copies of the grand French Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs that were extremely popular amongst the Russian nobility. Bessarabian rugs have their own look. While French rug designers drew inspiration from major works of art, the Russian weavers copied the French designs in a more informal way which gave these rugs a less formal charm. Bessarabian rug have become highly desirable for very different modern decorating styles than what they were originally intended for. Read More

How Celebrities Decorate with Bessarabian Rugs in Dark Brown

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Many celebrities have used Bessarabian rugs with dark colors to bring drama and style to their homes. Dark colored Bessarabian rugs are dramatic in themselves as they were originally created for Russian royal homes. Designer Dorothy Draper once said, “I always put in one controversial item, it makes people talk.” Bessarabian rugs are mysterious and surprise guests with their unexpected glamor. Interiors with Bessarabian rugs get people talking because they leave a memorable impression. Read More

The History, Legend and Allure of Bessarabian Carpets

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Bessarabian carpets are flat-woven tapestry rugs that were hand woven on a wooden loom similar to the loom used to make Aubusson rugs. The very finest Bessarabian rugs were produced in the 18th century in the Russian Imperial Tapestry Factory. This factory was founded by Peter the Great after he returned from England and France where he was impressed by the magnificent Savonnerie, Aubusson and Axminister carpets he saw in the palaces of his hosts. These French and English carpets had already become the height of fashion at the Russian court and with the nobility and their importation was causing a drain on the Russian treasury. So the Russian Imperial Tapestry factory was set up to copy French and English carpets and remove the need for importing them. Soon the demand for these rugs grew and more factories were set up in villages controlled by the Russian landed gentry. The name Bessarabian derives from the historical region where these rugs were made. This region is now split between the present day Republic of Moldova and Romania. What makes Bessarabian rugs so desirable today is due to a fortunate accident - the weavers of Bessarabia were country folk with a country aesthetic. They copied the ornate French and English patterns in a more folksy manner giving these rugs a more comfortable feeling which has made them highly attractive to modern tastes.  Read More

Brunschwig’s La Portugaise Ad Signals Fashion for Bessarabian Rugs

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Brunschwig & Fils newest advertising campaign features a picture of Albert Hadley's Brooke Astor library with La Portugaise fabric, handsome Bessarabian rug and red lacquered book cases. This ad is part of a campaign that also includes a room by Geoffrey Beene and affirms the return to classical decorating which signals a return to fashion of great Bessarabian rugs as well as French and English rugs. Read More

The Mysterious Bessarabian Rug in Brooke Astor’s Cozy Library

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The New York Times called Brooke Astor's Park Avenue library designed by Albert Hadley, "one of the most admired interiors of the 20th century." Today, I hope to surprise you by demonstrating that what made this library so memorable was not the red-lacquered shelves that everyone writes about, nor the Brunschwig & Fils La Portugaise fabric chosen by Sister Parish, but a fabulous Bessarabian rug that is never mentioned in any of the numerous articles on this famous room. Read More

How to Decorate in Downton Abbey Style with Needlepoint Rugs

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Question: What do these 11 famous designers have in common: Chanel, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, Dries van Noten, Peter Soren, Doo-Ri Chung and Burberry?   Read More

15 Fabulous Interiors: How to Decorate with Green Rugs and Green

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Green is the color of nature and we are surrounded by greenery. The 15 inspiring interiors in todays post and the 12 Stunning Interiors with Green Rugs in an earlier post show how leading interior designers decorate with green rugs and green accents. Together these 27 rooms show you how to: Read More