How Celebrities Decorate and Live with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs are popular with interior designers and celebrities around the world. Their unique designs and motifs are instantly recognizable, and they are used in a wide variety of different ways. Some people use Aubusson rugs in the most formal rooms in their homes, while others believe that Aubusson rugs should be like members of the family and also used in the most private spaces of the home. Whether you're dealing with a designer who works primarily within an elegant monochromatic color palette like Darryl Carter, or you're working with someone like Netherlands-born Ghislaine Viñas, a South African-raised New York-based designer who brilliantly mixes bold colors with vintage design, you can find a way to make the most fabulous Aubusson rugs work in the finished design. Read More

How to Design an Alluring Bedroom with Aubusson Rugs

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The pre-history of Aubusson rugs and Savonnerie carpets begins with a royal decree from the French King Henri IV to revive the French luxury arts. The king provided studios and workshops in the galleries of the Louvre Palace itself. The first rugs were made exclusively for the royal palaces. In time the aristocracy found a way to have Aubusson rugs made for their country estates and these were made in the village of Aubusson a three hour journey from Paris. The glamorous history of these handmade flat weave rugs is peppered with political drama to match the intricate curves of the scroll work and natural motifs that adorn these beautiful rugs. Given their history and distinctive looks, it really is no wonder that Aubusson rugs are a favorite of interior designers who use them to bring an air of sophistication and allure to any space, particularly the bedroom. Read More

Add Modern Chic to Traditional Style with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs are considered masterpieces, and they are right at home in traditionally designed rooms. Like their Savonnerie rug predecessors, these beautiful floor coverings are the perfect complement to high-end traditional furniture like walnut Chippendale chairs, upholstered Queen Anne chairs, heavy silk or velvet drapery and Austrian crystal chandeliers. Read More

How to Design Chic and Restful Bedrooms with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs, steeped in history and featuring gorgeous motifs derived from classical architecture and French floral detailing, are the types of rugs that you want to show off. The legendary beauty of traditional Aubusson rugs is so awe-inspiring that the last thing you want to do is to keep them from public view. Your instinct is to display them in your public rooms so that every visitor to your home can enjoy them as much as you do. In a new trend designer's like Michael S. Smith are bringing Aubusson rugs into the bedroom. You can use Aubusson rugs to decorate your bedroom or resting area in the same way that you would use them to decorate the more public spaces of your home. If you can, choose your Aubusson rug first, and let everything else follow. Choose colors and textures that promote rest and calm. Read More

How to Decorate in Celebrity Style with Aubusson Rugs: 4 Tips

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Ever since the cover of Architectural Digest featured a fabulous Louis XV Aubusson rug in the updated Manhattan penthouse of White House interior designer Michael S. Smith, Aubusson rugs have become all the rage with trend setting interior designers who like to combine the best aspects of modern with great classical designs. In this blog post we will learn how with a few quick moves, and perfectly chosen Aubusson rug can make your home look like a celebrity's. Read More

How to Create Cozy and Stylish Interiors with Oushak Rugs: 4 Tips

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"Richly faded colors" seems like an oxymoron, and yet the phrase is one of the best ways to describe the beauty of fine Oushak rugs. Even if you're not knowledgeable about different rug types, there's something about Oushak rugs that makes you want them when you see them. Shades of terracotta, gold, cream, soft rust and muted ochre seem to be the name of the game with these rugs that seem to quietly whisper "history", even if they've been made in the past 50 years and their colors are quite modern. These beautiful floor coverings owe their luminous qualities to the rich, fine hand spun wool that the best Oushak rugs are made of. Whether you're looking at the more traditional star or medallion Oushak rugs, or the more modern variety with soft colors, the transformative power of Oushak rugs cannot be understated. You'd never describe them as loud or overbearing. Read More

4 Glamorous Ways to Decorate with Medallion Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs with central medallions are some of the most glamorous Aubusson rugs ever created, but many people miss out on the opportunity of creating fabulous rooms around them, because they think it is hard to deal with the medallion. Fortunately, great interior designers have already forged a beautiful trail that we can learn a great deal from. Today we we will look at four exciting ways that will add glamor to any room by making imaginative use of an Aubusson rug's central medallion. The four ways illustrated in this post will inspire you to come up with your own creative way to bringing glamor to your rooms with Aubusson rugs with central medallions. Read More

How to Add Glamour to Contemporary Décor with Aubusson Rugs: 4 Tips

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You've thought about it for a long time and you think you're ready to take the plunge, but the question still lingers in the back of your mind: can you successfully mix Aubusson rugs with contemporary décor? What kind of look would you end up with if you took the plunge? Some people would call it eclectic. Others would call it vintage modern. Still others would swear it's classic contemporary. Whatever you call it, rest assured that done correctly, it would be a brilliantly glamorous fusion of the beauty of the past and the fabulousness of the present.  The Aubusson rug, the younger, more informal sister of the Savonnerie carpet, is a flat weave rug made of ultra-fine wool, with a texture, color palette and design that would work in even the most modern of rooms. The floral and architectural patterns that make up the heart and soul of Aubusson rugs lend themselves perfectly to chic contemporary settings. If you have a modern, loft-like space or a gallery-style room, don't think that your Aubusson will be out of place. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can marry the two different design styles beautifully, creating the perfect blend of something old and something new. Read More

6 Exceptional Antique Needlepoint Rugs from New York’s Top Dealers

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There have never been so many beautiful antique needlepoint rugs on the market as now. It seems that New York's prestigious antique dealers have gathered the most attractive needlepoint rugs from all over the world. Given the dismal European economy, New York is pulling in the top antique rugs from all over the world. Read More

Pinterest’s 7 Top Celebrity Interiors with French Aubusson Rugs

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Ever since Coco Chanel decorated her Paris apartment around a Directoire Aubusson rug, French Aubusson rugs have been favored by the world's top fashion and interior designers. This fall the cover of Architectural Digest featured an exuberantly colored Louis XV Aubusson rug in the updated New York penthouse of Michael S. Smith- widely known as the White House's interior designer. Read More