Aubusson Rugs Enrich 17 Living and Dining Rooms, Bedrooms & Libraries

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Why do David Easton, Kate Spade, William T. Georgis, Jacques Garcia, Alidad, Michael Coorengel, Jean-Pierre Calvagrac, Scot Meacham Wood and David Hare have in common? They all chose Aubusson Rugs to bring glamour to traditional and modern living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and libraries. Aubusson area rugs are renowned for their elegance and sophistication. Favored by 18th century French aristocracy, you can find Aubusson rugs for sale in a variety of colors and sizes. Here are seventeen examples of how the design legends used them to create glamour. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Enhance 4 Modern and Traditional Interiors

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Aubusson rugs add a touch of luxury, opulence and warmth to interiors.  With their intricate details, classical patterns and artistic color palettes, Aubusson rugs can bring elegance and sophistication to both traditional and modern interiors as we will see in the four stunning interiors in today's post. With their wide range of color choices, Aubusson rugs have limitless decorating possibilities. Their classic looks feature floral elements combined with motifs derived from classical Greek and Roman architecture. Here are four interiors that show how top designers use Aubusson rugs to enhance traditional and modern spaces. Read More

How Aubusson Rugs and Gold Accents Add Glamour: 5 Great Interiors

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Aubusson rugs are a show-stopper when it comes to creating an exquisite sense of presence. So what happens if you take the luxurious air of gold accents and add it to the mix? Today we’re going to look at five great interiors where designers have paired the luxury of Aubusson rugs with rich gold accents to create refined interiors that are regal without being over-the-top, refined without being pretentious. Read More

Needlepoint Rugs Make it Easy to Mix Antique with Modern

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Is your vision of needlepoint rugs confined to subtly colored rugs with tame floral motifs? If so, prepare to get your mind blown away with the beauty of bold and colorful needlepoint rugs. Because they are flat-woven and have intricate patterns, needlepoint rugs are often thought of as being high on aesthetic and low on function, especially when compared to other types of rugs. What you may be surprised to learn is that you can find good quality needlepoint rugs in bold, vibrant colors that are also highly durable and suited for trafficked rooms. You may have a needlepoint rug that you're dying to use, but you're afraid. Use it. Billy Baldwin said, "Stick to the things you really love. An honest room is always up to date." Read More

Bring Chic Luxury to Living Rooms with Aubusson Rugs: 3 Tips

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Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is Architecture: It is a matter of proportions.” The iconic French designer very well could have been speaking about Aubusson Rugs, which also have origins in the same Mecca of fashion and design. Aubusson rugs are patterned after the stunning tapestries created in the Aubusson region for centuries. Read More

How to Add Glamour to Contemporary Décor with Aubusson Rugs: 4 Tips

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You've thought about it for a long time and you think you're ready to take the plunge, but the question still lingers in the back of your mind: can you successfully mix Aubusson rugs with contemporary décor? What kind of look would you end up with if you took the plunge? Some people would call it eclectic. Others would call it vintage modern. Still others would swear it's classic contemporary. Whatever you call it, rest assured that done correctly, it would be a brilliantly glamorous fusion of the beauty of the past and the fabulousness of the present.  The Aubusson rug, the younger, more informal sister of the Savonnerie carpet, is a flat weave rug made of ultra-fine wool, with a texture, color palette and design that would work in even the most modern of rooms. The floral and architectural patterns that make up the heart and soul of Aubusson rugs lend themselves perfectly to chic contemporary settings. If you have a modern, loft-like space or a gallery-style room, don't think that your Aubusson will be out of place. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can marry the two different design styles beautifully, creating the perfect blend of something old and something new. Read More

6 Tips for Decorating with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs represent some of the most beautiful rugs in history. Their origin goes back to the 16th century to the village of Aubusson on the banks of the Creuse river, whose waters were famous for their ability for dyeing vibrant colors. This region of central France is about 200 miles from Paris. Aubusson rugs are handmade in a flat weave construction that resembles heavy tapestries which adorn the walls of French castles and palaces. Aubusson rugs quickly captured the hearts of the French aristocracy because their patterns were similar to those of pile Savonnerie carpets which were unavailable to the aristocracy as they were made exclusively for the King's palaces. Aubusson rugs come in very large sizes and feature center medallions, lyrical floral patterns, and soft color palettes. For hundreds of years Aubusson rugs have been synonymous with the ultimate in French refinement and elegance. While Aubusson rugs continue to be produced in Aubusson and the nearby village of Filletin, the production is extremely limited and is mostly confined to orders placed by the French government for presentation to foreign heads of state. For a few years starting in the 1990's Aubusson rugs were woven in China, but with the rapid rise of wages in that country, hand weaving of Aubusson rugs is now coming to an end. However the love for Aubusson rugs continues unabated among sophisticated interior decorators and connoisseurs. Just as the French aristocracy was once captured by the beauty of Aubusson rugs, so are we today fascinated by the possibilities Aubusson rugs offer for designing refined and elegant interiors in both modern and traditional styles. Read More

Learn How Kate Spade Added Glamour to Home with Aubusson Rugs

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In last week's post we learned how Kate and Andy Spade created vibrant energy in their Park Avenue apartment by mixing modern art with Aubusson rugs and explained that energy is created when we mix objects from different periods and in different styles as explained by David Kleinberg's famous saying "When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces energy." Today we will learn four additional ways of creating energy in interiors: by creating pop with colors, through the interplay of different shapes, by mixing large and small scale patterns and fourthly by juxtaposing different textures and materials. We will learn these four methods from studying the Spade's apartment. Read More

Kate Spade Enriches Modern Art with Aubusson Rugs

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AD100 Interior Designer David Kleinberg famously said "When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces an energy." When Kate and Andy Spade mixed such very different stylistic periods as modern abstract art and a romantic 19th century Aubusson rug with floral and architectural motifs, they really went very far against period and the beauty of their Park Avenue living room is something to behold. The venerable Habitually Chic Blog went so far as to say "....it's one of those timeless homes that will probably look as good in 30 years as it does after three which is a testament to the chic taste of it's owners as well as their interior designer, Steven Sclaroff." If we believe that the source of this homes wonderful energy does indeed come from the mixing of very different stylistic periods, then the same contrasting mix will still be there 30 years from now and the energy in the room will still be as wonderful as it is today. In today's post we will try to get a better understanding of this energy so we can become better at creating it in our interiors. Read More