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

14 Happy Spring Interiors with Green Rugs and Lively Color

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A couple of 50 degree days have kindled hope that spring is around the corner in the Northeast. Crocuses have already appeared in New York, but in Boston the ground is still frozen. To paraphrase Warren Buffett, if we wait for all the swallows to arrive, it will be too late to start spring decorating. So today's 14 interiors with green rugs and fresh spring colors will help you get a head start with great ideas for designing interiors that make you happy.   Read More

7 Top Designers Use Damask Rugs to Warm Up Contemporary Interiors

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If you’re looking for a way to bring warmth and texture to a contemporary room design, a stylish damask rug can instantly do the job and also add sense of history and a rich texture. The patterns of these beautiful rugs go back to centuries old damask fabrics from Damascus, Byzantium, Italy, Spain and France. The best damask rugs are hand made in a cut and loop weave that will bring a sense of richness to any room they grace. The seven rooms by top interior designers show how they use damask rugs to add warmth and charm to contemporary rooms. Read More

6 Rooms Chase Away Winter Blues with Nature’s Colors and Green Rugs

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With the approach of winter days are shortening and we are getting less exposure to the sun's healing rays. If you have been feeling a bit blue or moody, it is not just your imagination. Doctor's have a name for this physiologial effect, they call it "seasonal affective disorder" or SAD. As an antidote the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is offering nature walks called Chase Away the Winter Blues guided by a BBG veteran who also happens to be a licensed psychotherapist. "Walking the Garden grounds counteracts some of the overindulgence of the holiday season while keeping the blues at bay" advises the BBG. Decorating our homes with nature's colors is another way to invite the beauty and healing effects of nature's colors into our lives. We know that the color green has a cool, earthy feel, like grass under the feet or trees stirring in the breeze. Adding a green rug to any room can help infuse the space with a feeling that is vibrant and alive. The six rooms below all use green rugs to create a vibe that is modern but overwhelmingly fresh and natural. Read More

4 Top Designers Create Dramatic Rooms with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs feature designs originally created by French artists. These tapesty weave rugs first began to be made in the 16th century in the village of Aubusson on the banks of the Creuse river whose water is thought to have special qualities for dyeing brilliant colors. The classical beauty of Aubusson rugs has withstood the test of time. Top interior designers around the world use Aubusson rugs to bring classical elegance to interiors. The classical patterns and artistic color palettes of these rugs can energize a room and pull together furniture and objects of different styles. Since the colors of Aubusson rugs are composed by fine artists, they provide a valuable source of inspiration for choosing the color palette for the rest of the room. The four interiors in today's post are all by top designers and show the different ways you can decorate with Aubusson rugs. Read More

Complement a Modern Vibe with Vibrant Red Rugs

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Red is a thoroughly modern color – bold, unapologetic and hard to miss. It works brilliantly with blacks and white, blends with browns, and adds contrast and flavor to designs dominated by orange or pink. You can use red to create crisp patterns, provide a strong visual anchor or even liven up subtle tonal effects. It’s a can’t-miss color that can work in a surprising number of contexts. These five rooms show a few of the different ways red rugs can be used to complement and complete a modern design.  Read More

Damask Rugs Adorn 4 Stunning Interiors

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The beauty of a damask rug derives from an interplay between color, pattern and texture. Some of the most beautiful and flexible damask rugs have tonal colorations and wonderful cut and loop textures that accentuate the similar by subtly different shades. Rarely silk is used to highlight the pattern, but usually the rugs are made of lustrous wool. Recently damask rugs have also been made in highly contrasting colors. The four interiors show how top designers decorate with four very different damask rugs. You will see that damask rugs are a beautiful way to add texture, contrast and chic style to an interior. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Evoke Romantic Atmosphere of “Midnight in Paris”

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Some interior designers are particularly adept at creating interiors that have a romantic atmosphere. Often they start with an Aubusson rug because these rugs remind us of the romantic Paris of Woody Allen's movie Midnight in Paris. If you want your rooms to proclaim your desire for all things romantic, then the three stunning romantic interiors with Aubusson rugs can give you some great ideas. Designer Rachel Zoe once said “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Let your rooms speak of your romantic nature. Read More

How to Design Stylish Zen-Like Spaces with Green Rugs

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If you're trying to create a Zen-inspired space with green rugs, you couldn't have chosen a more appropriate rug color to do so. When creating rooms with Zen design, you should look for neutral, soft colors that inspire a sense of calm. It's critically important that we create rooms of refuge in our homes. Our homes are supposed to be oases from the outside world, but even the most joyous homes can get hectic on the inside, especially those filled with large families. If that accurately describes your house, set aside one room for yourself. Green rugs, light fabrics and gorgeous textures laid out in your own private "you" space can help you create the tiny bit of paradise you crave. Vivienne Westwood said, "Buy less, choose well." Keep that in mind, as it will help you keep your space beautiful and spare. Read More