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We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century.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

How to Pick Aubusson Rugs for Chic Interiors: 6 Tips

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You've seen them, and you've fallen in love. Beautiful, richly colored Aubusson rugs have found a place in your heart! From the classy rooms of Downton Abbey to the glamorous interiors that Pinterest has you pining for, you would love to fill your home with such a luxurious feel. But you are not quite sure how to get started and how to pick the right Aubusson rug to create the feeling you desire for the space. So I put together a short list of what to look for so you end up with that perfect Aubusson rug that will bring glamour and chic style to your interiors. I will explain these step by step and illustrate them with examples of rooms by great interior designers. Read More

How to Decorate with Scalamandre 2013 Fabrics and Aubusson Rugs

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When searching for the perfect Aubusson rug to pair with a historical Scalamandre fabric such as the beautiful Wynard Paisley from Scalamandre's Spring 2013 Kathryn M. Ireland Collection, it is fun to see if the history of the fabric can provide inspiration and point to the type of Aubusson rug that would look best with the fabric. But a historical relationship is not a sufficient reason to pair a fabric with a rug. The pairing of the Aubusson rug and fabric should also be aesthetically pleasing. If you can achieve both historical and aesthetic complementarity, the room will not only be pleasing to look at, but also look informed and sophisticated. Kathryn Ireland found the Wynward Paisley in its original red coloration in the archives of the 84 year old Scalamandre mill in Long Island, New York. The paisley pattern goes back hundreds of years back to Cashmere Shawls that were woven by hand in Kashmir, India.  What comes to mind is a Palempore Aubusson rug inspired by 19th century Indian fabrics that were popular in the England of Downton Abbey.    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

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