Designer Rugs Enrich Architect Digest’s Top 11 Bedrooms on Pinterest

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Each year Architectural Digest publishes hundreds of beautiful interiors, yet only a handful attract most of the love from Pinterest pinners. I wanted to know what was different about these bedrooms, so I did some research. Here are Architectural Digest’s 11 most pinned bedrooms on Pinterest and notice what a major role the designer rug plays in creating the right atmopshere and feeling tone in the room. Read More

Savonnerie Rugs Unify Modern and Traditional Styles in 4 Interiors

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Originally made for French royalty to reduce the need for importing Turkish rugs, Savonnerie rugs soon were being made in uniquely French designs painted by the leading fine artists of the day. These rugs almost invariably bring a certain regal feel to any room. It’s almost impossible to put one in a room and not have images of royalty, or perhaps presidents - several grace the White House. But they can add a certain touch of class to a sophisticated, contemporary design, as well. While Savonnerie rugs frequently come in bold colors and patterns, they also come in a variety of more subtle tones and patterns, making them a perfect choice for a more modern design in need of a touch of class. These four rooms show how top designers decorate with Savonnerie rugs in fresh and modern ways.

Savonnerie Rugs Add Splendor to 5 Modern and Traditional Interiors

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We’re used to seeing Savonnerie rugs in opulent rooms packed with antiques and finery fit for Royals – in fact, the picture below of Marie Antoinette’s Gilded Study is an excellent example of Savonnerie rugs in just such a setting. But today's leading interior designers are using Savonnerie rugs in more modern ways as we shall see in the chic interiors featured in today's post. Read More

Bessarabian Rugs Bring Distinction to 4 Modern Interiors

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There is something truly special about the ambiance Bessarabian rugs bring to a room. These tapestry weave carpets can readily impart a sense of drama, an eclectic vibe, or even an under-stated funky feeling to an interior. What makes a Bessarabian rug so versatile? Quite simply, their high-contrast color palette and their naive rendetion of French and English rugs which have endeared them to prestigious interior decorators in Paris, London and  New York. Today we’re going to see how four top designers decorate with Bessarabian rugs and how they bring a unique personality to interiors. Read More

How to Bring Fresh Energy to Interiors with Green Rugs: 5 Chic Rooms

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According to interior designer John Saladino, “In choosing colors…follow nature’s lead.” And what could be more lush and soothing, yet vibrant in color than green, in all its exquisite variations. Mother nature has gifted us with with a cornucopia of green shades from apple to pistachio, shamrock to olive and all the minty fresh colors in between. 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

The Decorating Flexibility of Grey Geometric Rugs: 10 Chic Interiors

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The 10 chic interiors in todays post by AD100 interior designers illustrate the great flexibility of decorating with grey geometric rugs. The reason these rugs are so flexible is they combine ancient patterns with a modern coloration. Because they combine traditional and modern elements, grey geometric rugs make it very easy to tie together all styles of furniture from the most modern to the most traditional. Keep flexibilty in mind when buying high quality rugs- it will allow you to change the decor in the future without having to change the rugs! Read More