How to Add Chic Energy to Rooms with Damask Rugs in Modern Colors

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Beautiful silk damask fabrics in the Victoria and Albert Museum show that this art developed in ancient Damascus and Byzantium. Modern damask rugs are inspired by ancient damask fabrics but they have fresh, contemporary colors. An artistically colored damask rug can be used to give modern rooms a feeling of sophistication and history. Modern damask rugs are also perfect for bringing youthful energy to traditional decorating. AD100 interior designer David Kleinberg could have been speaking about modern damask rugs when he said, “When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces energy.” Damask rugs bring a chic energy to a room because they combine ancient patterns with modern colorations.  Take a look at the stylish energy in the rooms pictured below and learn how damask rugs are the perfect jumping off point for creating chic and invigorating rooms. Read More

3 Ways to Bring Nature’s Tranquil Beauty Indoors with Green Rugs

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Green is a truly versatile color. Like blue, it is on the cool side of the color spectrum, so using green rugs and other green elements will create a feeling of calm in your rooms. Green is also nature’s favorite color and is found along side every color found in nature from yellow and red to blue and purple. You can create pop by juxtaposing red, yellow, orange on an other warm color on a green rug. Or, you can create tonal variations with many shades of green ranging from yellow green to blue green.  Green rugs also work well with neutrals such as white, tan, black and gray. 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 Bring Young Vibe to Traditional Decor with Damask Rugs: 4 Tips

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Damask rugs make it easy to design rooms with young energy. How to produce young energy in a room is the subject of two famous quotes by Christina Murphy and Miles Redd, both highly acclaimed young interior designers. House Beautiful Magazine's Top 100 interior designer Christina Murphy believes "Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging," and AD 100 interior designer Miles Redd advises, “Juxtaposition: high/ low; shiny/matte; refined/crude; grand/humble; modern/ancient. It is the essence of chic.” Damask rugs make it easy to implement the wisdom in these quotes. W we will learn how to ccomplish this by studying four stunning interiors. Read More

I Don’t Wear a Crown: Can I Decorate With French Savonnerie Rugs?

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You may be asking this question with a smile on your face, but you're only half joking. It was pretty clear early on that French Savonnerie rugs were something special. From the moment they were spawned in 17th-century France, these elaborate and exquisite rugs, hand woven by Parisian weavers, were deemed so spectacular that they were exclusively manufactured for the King. The advent of Aubusson rugs came about in large part due to the clamoring and demands of the moneyed classes who were desperate for the Savonnerie carpets but who were for the most part locked out from getting them. Read More

Make a Room Feel Collected, Not Decorated, with Damask Rugs

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Close your eyes, and think of a time you walked into a room with a beautiful damask rug that shimmered like silk. It was probably hard not to gasp as you resisted the urge to touch everything in the room, noting the way the damask rug, the furniture and the art all worked beautifully together. Damask patterns go back to ancient Byzantium and Damascus where they were woven in silk and the fabrics were used to cover walls as well as for drapes and furniture. A Damask fabric differs from other fabrics in that each side of the fabric is the perfect inverse of the other. Intricately woven with a weft yarn and a warp yarn, traditional damask fabrics have tonal colorations. Turning the fabric in your hands this way and that makes it shimmer and reveal subtle variations and elegant motifs and patterns. About 18 years ago damask patterns began to be woven into rugs using the Savonnerie carpet weaving method which allows the weaver to create the shimmer of silk damask fabrics by weaving the carpet with hundreds of shades of wool yarn. The effect is quite magical- the rug shimmers just like silk as you walk on it. Read More