Where to Buy Needlepoint Rugs: 9 Top Sources and 17 Decorating Tips

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A new generation of interior designers is discovering the allure of needlepoint rugs at a time when these rugs are no longer being made. Most of the needlepoint workshops in China-where 99% of needlepoint rugs were made - have shut down due to skyrocketing wages brought about by rapid industrialization which has drawn workers to higher paying manufacturing jobs. Back in the late 1980's when I first started making needlepoint rugs in China, I was amazed by the quality of the artists and artisans we were able to recruit. These young men and women freshly out of art school possessed unbelievably sensitive eyes for color and design. Now with China no longer making these rugs there are only two specialist importers remaining who have needlepoint rugs because they have retained inventory from before the factories shut down. They are Asmara and Stark Carpet. An additional seven dealers offer antique needlepoint rugs. All 9 top sources of needlepoint rugs are listed at the end of this post. Here are 17 tips for decorating with needlepoint rugs.         Read More

We Are Due for the Next Interior Design Trend – Christina Murphy

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Christina Murphy  Christina Murphy Interiors: New York, Palm Beach, Miami, Bahamas Christina Murphy describes herself as a contemporary traditionalist. She not only creates amazing spaces for her loyal following of fashionable clients, but has an uncanny ability to help them visualize design schemes at the start of a project. A graduate of Georgetown University, The American Institute for Foreign Study in Italy and The New York School of Interior Design, Christina started her career in 1999 working with Celerie Kemble in the beginning years of Kemble Interiors's new New York office. In 2006 she launched Christina Murphy Interiors, and since then her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful (who named her among "America's Top 100 Designers"), Traditional Home, The New York Times and ABC's The View. Join me as Christina predicts the start of a new interior design trend, why organic furnishings are here to stay, what's inspiring about working in New York, why she rarely visits New York's Design buildings, how to brighten a dark room, when to use color and when to use a monochromatic palette and much more... Read More

How to Pick the Perfect Decorative Rug for a Living Room: 6 Tips

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To pick the perfect decorative rug for a living room, you first need to chose the look and feeling you would like to create in the room. The internet is full of generalized tips for choosing the best rug for a room, but such advice is likely to produce generic looks. These 5 tips for choosing the best rug for a living room will help you create the style and personality you desire. Read More

10 Decorating Risks You Need to Take with Floral Rugs

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The most memorable interiors in history did not come about by playing it safe with colors, patterns, textures and scale.There is a fine line between faux pas and innovative style. With study and practice we can hone a fearless personal style. Today's 10 gorgeous interiors with floral rugs show how to take educated risks and the rewards that can come from them. Read More

16 Gorgeous Rooms: How to Decorate with Aubusson Rugs and Red Rugs

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In the 18th and 19th centuries Aubusson rugs were designed by artists some of whom were established painters for the King of France. Because Aubusson rugs are designed by fine artists, they have highly sophisticated color palettes. This makes them easy to decorate with as long as you keep these guidelines at the back of your mind: Read More