Damask Rugs Enrich 8 Interiors with History and Beauty

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Damask rugs and fabrics originated in the Middle Ages in the ancient city of Damascus and they have evolved over hundreds of years with influences from Byzantium, Persia, Italy and France. This rich artistic history gives damask a unique appeal. The pattern in a damask fabric is woven in a different weave than the background- for example if the pattern is woven in a shiny satin weave and the background in a duller weave, the contrast between the shiny pattern and duller background adds another dimension. This added dimension and texture distinguishes damask fabrics from fabrics in which the pattern is merely printed on the cloth. The best damask rugs also contain two different textures- the pattern is usually in cut pile and the background is in a loop weave. Unfortunately too many damask rugs being made today take a short-cut and are made in just one texture which is usually cut pile. These rugs do not have the dimensional interest and texture of a cut and loop damask rug. Damask rugs come in a variety of color palettes ranging from tonal neutrals to high contrast colors. The eight interiors in today’s post feature several different styles of damask rugs and offer inspiration on how to add sophistication and a sense of history to both contemporary and traditional rooms. Read More

Oushak Rugs -7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther Part 1

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Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs in San Juan Capistrano, CA. shares his 7 tips for decorating with Oushak rugs in an exclusive Asmara video (available below). Eric is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and hosts monthly design lectures at his elegant southern California home.  Read More

Oushak Rugs -7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther Part 2

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Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs a fabulous interior design studio in San Juan Capistrano, California is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and gives monthly design lectures at his beautiful southern California home. Click here to read Eric's Oushak Rug Decorating Tips 1 through 3, and view the video. Read More

How to Pick the Perfect the Wall Color, Decorative Rug and Fabric: 6 Tips

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It is nearly impossible to pick a perfect paint color if you have not yet selected a decorative rug and fabrics. People who try to choose a wall color first, are disappointed when the rug and furniture are placed in the room and the overall effect is not what they expected. A proven way to avoid costly decorating mistakes is to first ask yourself these questions: “How do I want to feel when I am in the room? and what mood do I want to create when guests are in the room? Each color has a different impact on how we feel. Once you learn the feeling different colors produce, it will become easy to pick the perfect combination of paint color, decorative rug and fabrics. Here are six different moods you can create by choosing the right combination of colors. Read More

14 Chic Hamptons, Nantucket Blue and White Interiors with Blue Rugs

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A common mistake when designing blue and white rooms in the Hamptons, Nantucket or any other seaside location is to use just blue and white. Confining the color palette to just blue and white can produce a cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. Interior designers have long known that cool colors such as blue and green need to be balanced by warm colors such as beige, yellow, brown, pink etc. The warm colors can be used as accents or in larger areas such as on walls or as accents in blue rugs. The 14 gorgeous rooms by top interior designers show several different ways you can design blue and white rooms that are not only elegant but are also warm and inviting. Read More

How to Decorate Stylishly with Pink and Pink Rugs: 15 Chic Rooms

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When the Spring/Summer 2014 women’s fashions were introduced on the runways, Vogue, UK exclaimed, "If in doubt, make it pink, smother it with flowers and wear it with flat sandals next summer." Now pink is jumping from women's fashions to interiors. But the big question for most of us is how to use pink tastefully and how to avoid the dreaded syrupy look that many pink interiors are prone to. You need not fear any longer. The 15 interiors by top interior designers will show you several tasteful and stylish ways of decorating with pink and pink rugs.  Read More

10 Chic Martha’s Vineyard Blue and White Interiors with Blue Rugs

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When I began looking for the 10 best Martha's Vineyard interiors to illustrate how top designers use blue rugs to elevate the chic factor in a seaside space, I was surprised at how difficult it was to find them. After the first three gorgeous rooms by Victoria Hagan, I had to look in new places to find the remaining. As it turned out, this was a good thing as it led me to discovering two new interior designers who have done great work on Martha's Vineyard. They are Gil Walsh and Gauthier-Stacy. I hope you will enjoy the variety and the fresh perspective they bring. Read More

14 Gorgeous Interiors: How to Pair Bold Colors with Decorative Rugs

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If you are tired of winter you will find these 14 colorful rooms energizing and inspiring. They show how top interior designers bring lively colors into a room in fresh new ways and how they unify the room with the right decorative rug. Each room has something different to teach and I will share with you what I see in each room.  Read More

7 Top Designers Use Damask Rugs to Warm Up Contemporary Interiors

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If you’re looking for a way to bring warmth and texture to a contemporary room design, a stylish damask rug can instantly do the job and also add sense of history and a rich texture. The patterns of these beautiful rugs go back to centuries old damask fabrics from Damascus, Byzantium, Italy, Spain and France. The best damask rugs are hand made in a cut and loop weave that will bring a sense of richness to any room they grace. The seven rooms by top interior designers show how they use damask rugs to add warmth and charm to contemporary rooms. Read More