Geometric Rugs Enhance 4 Modern and Traditional Interiors

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Geometric patterned floors go back two thousand years to classical Greece and Rome and in the past few years we have seen a great resurgence in the popularity of geometric rugs with patterns inspired by antique stone and wood floors and classical architecture. The new geometric rugs are very versatile and are being used by interior designers with both modern and traditional furniture. A carefully chosen geometric rug can create cohesion and make the overall room design more engaging. Whether you choose a bold geometric pattern in highly contrasting colors or a subtle pattern in soft colors, geometric rugs are an excellent choice. Read More

How Celebrity Collector Enriched Edgy Modern Art with Oushak Rugs

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The current issue of AD features a living room with bold and colorful contemporary art displayed against a 19th century Oushak rug. Just a few years ago the owner's Colonial Revival house in Greenwich, Connecticut had been decorated in luxurious traditional style by AD100 designer Mica Ertegun. But over the years the owner’s taste had changed as they amassed a collection of  “bold and provocative” contemporary art. The owners now  “…wanted a younger vibe,” for their home and called in AD100 designer, Joe Nahem and asked him to completely gut the traditional interior and build a modern setting for displaying works by John Baldessari, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, and Cindy Sherman. The completed Nahem living room features edgy modern furniture and a soft beige Oushak rug. Why did Nahem not chose a contemporary rug in keeping with the contemporary furniture and art? Nahem probably felt that an Oushak rug would make the contemporary art stand out by providing contrast, while a contemporary rug create a feeling of sameness. This blog post explains why contrast is such a powerful concept in decorating as it is in other areas of life. Nahem painted the living room walls gray to highlight Andy Warhol's blue silkscreen and the 1960s Carlo Nason floor lamps. The beige Oushak rug balances the cool blues and grays in the room. The rounded shapes of the sofa and chairs are balanced by the angular tables. A black floor contrast with the beige Oushak rug. The silky texture of the Oushak rug contrasts with polished surface of the sculptural sofa and tables. T blue velvet chairs add another texture. Image courtesy Architectural Digest. Read More