How Lee Radziwill Changed Fashion, Keeping the Same Bessarabian Rugs

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Through three marriages, several life style changes, many homes including a townhouse near Buckingham Palace, an English country manor house in Buckinghamshire, a Fifth Avenue penthouse, a Park Avenue duplex and a Paris apartment near the Bois de Boulogne, Lee Radziwill has changed her decor many times, but the few things she has kept are her favorite antique Bessarabian rugs, paintings and select antiques. In today's post we discover how her favorite objects helped her stay at the peak of chic for so many years. Read More

Bessarabian Rugs in 21 Top-Rated Interiors on Pinterest

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We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project! Read More

Pinterest 18 Most Gorgeous Dining Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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If you are looking for ideas on how to design stylish and welcoming dining rooms, Pinterest offers a wealth of images, but depending on your taste, you may find the search quite time consuming. So I have selected 18 of the most gorgeous traditional dining rooms on Pinterest. These rooms show how to unify the entire design scheme by selecting a decorative rug that can pull together all the elements in the room.   Read More

Bessarabian Rugs Enrich 4 Traditional and Modern Interiors

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In 19th century Russia the royal family and the nobles became so enamored by French and English carpets, they ordered copies of these rugs to be made in the countryside of Bessarabia which was then a part of Russia. Surprisingly the copies turned out to more charming than the originals because the weavers wove the the formal French and English patterns in a naïve and unstudied manner.  After the fall of the Czar in 1917 some of these rugs were shipped off to Paris, London and New York where they became known as Bessarabian rugs. Interior designers recognized their incredible beauty and prized them as a more friendly alternative to French and English rugs. Legendary interior designers Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, David Easton and John Saladino have designed beautiful rooms with these rugs and we will look at them to learn how to decorate with the Bessarabian rugs

Geometric Rugs Bring Modern Flair to 3 Interiors

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Even though geometric rugs are known for their modern appeal their patterns go back hundreds of years to classical architecture, ancient textiles, inlaid stone mosaics and Moroccan tiles. Today interior designers are using geometric rugs in both contemporary and traditional interiors. Softly colored geometric rugs bring out the beauty of the furniture and fabrics in a room while boldly colored geometric rugs can help add a strong personality to a room. Designers can create an unlimited number of looks by working with different types of geometric rugs. Some geometric rugs have small scale patterns in muted colors, others have large scale patterns in high contrast colors. One of the best ways to learn how to decorate with geometric rugs is to look at the work of great interior designers. We will learn from three stunning interiors featured in today's post. Read More

How Bessarabian Rugs Give a Chic Personality to Interiors

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You’ve been looking at selection of prestigious rugs for a while, searching for the piece that speaks to your heart. You want to frame the collection of accents and artifacts you’ve acquired with a rug that is more than a floor covering, but you’re not sure about those styles so commonly spotted in fashionable designer interiors from New York to Palm Beach. In that case, there’s something to be said for the beauty of Bessarabian rugs. As Steven Stark told Architectural Digest not too long ago, “You don’t see them all that often anymore.” What Makes Bessarabian Rugs Different Read More

How a Celebrity Created Different Looks with Same Bessarabian Rug

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Bessarabian rugs are 18th and 19th century Russian creations that have become a favorite with many designers over the years. Bessarabian rugs originated several hundred years ago in Russia where the Royal family commissioned local weavers to make copies of the grand French Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs that were extremely popular amongst the Russian nobility. Bessarabian rugs have their own look. While French rug designers drew inspiration from major works of art, the Russian weavers copied the French designs in a more informal way which gave these rugs a less formal charm. Bessarabian rug have become highly desirable for very different modern decorating styles than what they were originally intended for. Read More

How Celebrities Decorate with Bessarabian Rugs in Dark Brown

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Many celebrities have used Bessarabian rugs with dark colors to bring drama and style to their homes. Dark colored Bessarabian rugs are dramatic in themselves as they were originally created for Russian royal homes. Designer Dorothy Draper once said, “I always put in one controversial item, it makes people talk.” Bessarabian rugs are mysterious and surprise guests with their unexpected glamor. Interiors with Bessarabian rugs get people talking because they leave a memorable impression. Read More

The History, Legend and Allure of Bessarabian Carpets

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Bessarabian carpets are flat-woven tapestry rugs that were hand woven on a wooden loom similar to the loom used to make Aubusson rugs. The very finest Bessarabian rugs were produced in the 18th century in the Russian Imperial Tapestry Factory. This factory was founded by Peter the Great after he returned from England and France where he was impressed by the magnificent Savonnerie, Aubusson and Axminister carpets he saw in the palaces of his hosts. These French and English carpets had already become the height of fashion at the Russian court and with the nobility and their importation was causing a drain on the Russian treasury. So the Russian Imperial Tapestry factory was set up to copy French and English carpets and remove the need for importing them. Soon the demand for these rugs grew and more factories were set up in villages controlled by the Russian landed gentry. The name Bessarabian derives from the historical region where these rugs were made. This region is now split between the present day Republic of Moldova and Romania. What makes Bessarabian rugs so desirable today is due to a fortunate accident - the weavers of Bessarabia were country folk with a country aesthetic. They copied the ornate French and English patterns in a more folksy manner giving these rugs a more comfortable feeling which has made them highly attractive to modern tastes.  Read More

How Celebrities Set their Personal Style with Bessarabian Carpets

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What Is a Bessarabian Carpet? Ralph Lauren once said, "Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever." Keep this quote in mind when you're trying to design an exceptionally stylish home. Celebrities such as Lee Radziwill and Brooke Astor chose Bessarabian carpets to impart a distinguished personality to their homes. The best Bessarabian carpets were made for Russian royalty in the 19th century and are still preserved in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. These magnificent Bessarabian carpets combine French and English aesthetics with eastern hand weaving traditions. They stand right on the cusp of European and Oriental aesthetics and they feel exotic and familiar at the same time. They seamlessly blend high-end French court style, provincial design and Asian influences. The final results were beautiful rugs with highly distinctive designs that felt more relaxed than their European counterparts and this combination of refined aesthetics with a worn out handmade quality made them irresistible to European and American celebrities. Read More