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

19 Glamorous Ways to Decorate with Blue Rugs

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"Blue is one of the easiest colors to live with and its most people favorite hue," said AD100 designer Bunny Williams in an interview with Elle Decor. "There are so many beautiful shades of blue--- some cool, some warm and they mix well together." The same can be said of blue rugs. The most desirable blue rugs are those with a mix of cool and warm colors. These rug allow you to use a wider range of fabrics and create more sophisticated looks as these 19 rooms demonstrate.    Read More

10 Chic Florida Interiors with Decorative Rugs in Blue, Yellow, Green

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Here are some of the most magnificent Florida interiors with beautiful decorative rugs designed by the finest interior designers from Palm Beach to Winter Park. There is no other region on earth where the scale of homes is as grand and the passion for interior design so intense. These interiors show how talented designers enhance the beauty of seaside homes with well chosen decorative rugs in blue, yellow and green. Read More