Bunny Williams Designs Stunning Interiors with Needlepoint Rugs

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Venerable designer Bunny Williams once said, “I like an interior that defies labeling. I really don’t want someone to walk into a room and know that I did it.” Ms. Williams obviously wants to avoid a formulaic approach to her own designs, something she really doesn’t have to worry about given her prodigious talents. If there is one thing that Williams designed interiors show is that she has a penchant for needlepoint rugs. Since each room is so different, you will be hard put to identify them as a William’s design, but all these rooms do highlight the desirability of decorating with needlepoint rugs; they are a favorite of many leading interior designers including Bunny Williams, David Easton and Michael S. Smith. Read More

How to Enhance an Ordinary Room with Oushak Rugs

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In the world of interiors, there are many signature pieces designers can choose from to frame the blank canvas of a room they are starting to work on, but few impart such an air of distinction as a fine Oushak rug. Particularly when you’re looking to add new life to a large space, define specific areas or impart an air of sophistication to a seemingly simple room, an Oushak rug provides the framework award-winning designers seek around the world. 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

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

How to Modernize Traditional Decorating with Geometric Rugs: 6 Tips

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Do you love the reassuring comfort of traditional furniture, but dislike stuffy, old fashioned interiors? Do you love a clean modern look but feel contemporary furniture is cold and unromantic? You will be happy to learn that two AD100 interior design greats Bunny Williams and Thad Hayes have figured out how to design clean, airy, modern interiors by using geometric rugs and editing the color palette down to two or three colors. I have reduced their decorating approach to 6 key ideas which you can use to design modern interiors which have the charm, warmth and romance of traditional forms. I will illustrate the 6 ideas with a romantic dining room by Bunny Williams and a blue and white living room by Thad Hayes. As you study these 6 ideas keep in mind that you can also apply them to bedrooms, libraries, family rooms, sun rooms and entry ways.   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

10 Best Hamptons Interiors with Decorative Rugs in Blue, Grey, Cream

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These 10 best Hamptons interiors are relaxed, calm, easygoing and stylish and most importantly, they encourage you to enjoy the great expanses of sea and sky in a casual laid back style. When you are in the Hamptons you want to swim, read, stroll leisurely on the beach or paint under the shade of a beautiful tree. Come evening you want to relax in comfortable chairs, drinks in hand and enjoy the glorious sunsets. Read More

Why Color Fanatics Win: 10 Eye Catching Colors with Decorator Rugs

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Years ago when I was a novice rug designer, an industry veteran quizzed me "What are the three most important criteria for judging a decorative rug?". I was halfway into mumbling a response when he interrupted me "No, no, no! the three most important criteria are: Color! Color! and Color"! In real estate it is location! location! location!  and in decorator rugs it is color first, second and third. Read More