Architectural Digest's 10 most highly pinned Aubusson rugs showcase the work of William T. Georgis in a Manhattan townhouse, Jacques Garcia's Paris living room, Jorge Elias' 17,000-square-foot home in the Jardim Europa neighborhood of São Paulo, banking heir Pedro Espírito Santo's Lisbon residence, Nancy Morton's warm and fashionable living room, Mark Gillette's restored home in the English countryside, Michael Smith's bedroom in his New York penthouse, Inga Rubenstein's upper east side Manhattan townhouse and sitting room, and Kara Childress renovated 1933 Texas mansion. Read More
The color blue is one of the most popular colors on Earth and represents tranquility, think the skies and seas. Blue has also been shown to represent trust, wisdom, cleanliness, and intelligence. To create a dynamic room you can easily contrast any blue with a warmer color to ramp up the energy. As Christina Murphy, one of the top interior designers of today, best put it, “punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging”. So instead of getting any boring blue rug look for one with a bold hue or interesting pattern that will add interest without clutter. Read More
Originally made for French royalty to reduce the need for importing Turkish rugs, Savonnerie rugs soon were being made in uniquely French designs painted by the leading fine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.
In her book A Passion for Blue and White, Carolyne Roehm observes, “ Nature’s quintessential color combination of blue and white never ceases to amaze me.” Blue and white is a classic combination that can be conventional or unexpected, but it is always a crowd-pleaser. The secret to pulling off this classic look is choosing the perfect blue rug. The rooms featured today utilize four expertly chosen blue rugs that demonstrate how you can use blue and white in almost any room in your home. Read More
Interiors designed to feature orange rugs have a unique ability to offer warmth regardless of the season. It’s easy, particularly in mid-October, to find yourself surrounded by all things pumpkin and assume that orange is a color best suited for the autumn. Read More
There's something thrilling about decorating your home with Savonnerie rugs and modern art. The juxtaposition of old and new, or traditional and modern, can really pack a punch in a room. Savonnerie rugs feature lush patterns that can range from French baroque to Neoclassical and romantic. Savonnerie rugs feature medallions and floral elements within architectural borders. Imagine one of these luscious rugs spread out in a room with dark wood floors. Your first instinct may be to fill the room with Louis XVI furnishings. Savonnerie rugs would obviously look great within that sort of design scheme since that was how they were originally used. Now, imagine that you've got your heart set on a favorite Mark Rothko painting. The rich and densely hued horizontal blocks of color appeal to you, and you wonder if it would work in the room with your classic rug and furnishings. The answer is a resounding "yes." Savonnerie rugs work beautifully with modern art, no matter what type of art it is. You could almost look at Savonnerie rugs as modern art themselves, with their bold designs and vibrant colors. Read More
Some of the best design comes out when two unrelated periods or styles are put together. One glorious example is Brazilian designer and architect Jorge Elias’s use of French Savonnerie rugs and contemporary décor in his chic São Paulo home. Featured in Architectural Digest, the rooms are a spicy combination of French antiques and adornments—such as fabulous Savonnerie rugs—mixed with contemporary art. Read More
Since Michael Smith's Manhattan penthouse with fabulous antique Aubusson rugs made the cover of Architectural Digest last fall, interior designers in England and Brazil have created gorgeous interiors mixing modern and antique pieces with extraordinary Aubusson rugs. These interiors are featured in this month's Architectural Digest and have confirmed that Aubusson rugs are being used in contemporary decorating. It is also wonderful to see next to these modern room two great interiors by Albert Hadley which prove beyond doubt what a great master he was when it came to decorating with Aubusson rugs. Read More