How to Decorate in Downton Abbey Style with Needlepoint Rugs

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Question: What do these 11 famous designers have in common: Chanel, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, Dries van Noten, Peter Soren, Doo-Ri Chung and Burberry?   Read More

Black Needlepoint Rugs Enliven Dolce & Gabbana’s F/W 2012 Fashions

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Today's post completes a three part series on how women's fashions, architecture and history influence and are in turn influenced by Aubusson rugs and needlepoint rugs. As a designer of the Asmara Decorative Rug Collections I am fascinated by the creative exchange between separate domains. I hope you enjoy our brief excursions to understand the influence of history, architecture and culture on Needlepoint rugs and Aubusson rugs. Read More

Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2012 Fashions Honor Floral Needlepoint Rugs

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall and Winter 2012 Fashions Celebrate Floral Needlepoint Rugs. “We’re not about minimalism, we’re massimalismo,” Stefano Gabbana was quoted in Vogue. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have built a multimillion-dollar luxury business based on the culture and fashions of Sicily, where as an infant Domenico Dolce slept in his father’s tailoring workshop and watched his parents hand stitch outfits for the local congregation for the high holidays. Read More

How Needlepoint Rugs are Handmade from Original Art Paintings

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Every Asmara needlepoint rug starts out as an idea which is translated into a quick pencil sketch which goes through several revisions and discussions between artist Elizabeth Moisan and myself. When a sketch looks promising, Elizabeth mixes colors in Gouache. It usually takes several failed attempts before we get just the right colors. Elizabeth then hand paints the design on poster board. A painting usually goes through several revisions and if we are happy with the final result we send it over to Asmara's needlepoint rug making artists. The pictures tell the story from here. Read More