How to Pick the Best Rugs for Adjacent and Adjoining Rooms

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Imagine you are leading guests on a tour of your home. As you walk from one room to the next do you see a consistent design aesthetic or do some rooms jump out because they have not yet been updated? If after this tour you decide to freshen the neglected rooms, where would you start? Many decorators start with the rug as it makes it easier to find complementary fabrics, paint colors and accessories. However, choosing a rug raises such questions as- how well matched do rugs in adjoining rooms have to be? Should you even try to match area rugs in adjoining rooms or should they all be different? Are there rules for how to coordinate different area rugs? how do you put oriental rugs in adjoining rooms? how to pick complementing designer rugs for one room? and how to have area rugs in adjoining living and dining rooms? I asked Jackie Ostrander, a highly sought after rug consultant to interior designers in Greenwich, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Naples, Florida to help me answer these questions.  Read More

Traditional European Carpets and Damask Rugs, 6 Decorating Tips

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For the Sea Island Company in Georgia Lisa Torbett Interiors created a space that showcases traditional European carpets in various unique applications.  From floor to ceiling, these rugs capture one's attention.  Such original design work led us to ask Lisa Torbett and Dee Simmons for tips on decorating with traditional European rugs and carpets.                    Lisa and Dee selected one very large rug for the main room in the club. The major pieces of furniture sit comfortably on the rug and expand the feeling of space. The choice of cream for the walls provides a restful backdrop for the colorful fabrics, rug and pillows as well as for the wood floor and ceiling. Lisa and Dee worked painstakingly to perfect the custom coloring of this very large handmade Morena carpet  inspired by a sixteenth century Spanish rug influenced by Renaissance damasks. Read More

Contemporary Wool Rugs Inspired by 2000 year old Roman Stone Art

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A few years ago I was struck by the beauty of a 2000 year old Roman stone street. The stones had irregular shapes, rounded corners and were fitted together to form an organic pattern akin to crocodile skin. In a flash I saw the possibility of creating a great contemporary wool rug with irregular silk lines . Read More

The 4 Best Rug Innovations of the past 25 years, Part 2

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 In yesterdays post I discussed the first two innovations that have re-invigorated oriental rugs. Even though the vast majority of oriental rugs made today are copies of popular designs, a few innovative rug makers have started making original art rugs that compare favorably with the finest antique rugs made 300 years ago. By understanding the 4 big innovations of the last 25 years you will learn how to distinguish rugs that are original works of art from those that are copies. Read More

The 4 Best Rug Innovations of the past 25 years, Part 1

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The last 25 years has seen four big innovations in the best oriental rugs. Even though the vast majority of oriental rugs made in the last 130 years are not original works of art, a few innovators are now making rugs that compare favorably with the finest antique rugs made 300 years ago. By understanding the 4 biggest rug innovations you will learn to distinguish which rugs are original works of art and which are copies.   Read More