Jayne Wrightsman, Jackie Kennedy and Savonnerie Carpets at the Met

Image for Jayne Wrightsman, Jackie Kennedy and Savonnerie Carpets at the Met

While doing research for setting up production of Savonnerie carpets in China in the 1990's I spent a considerable amount of time in the French Galleries of The Metropolitan Museum, New York and specially in their Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts. I remember being amazed at the time by the extensive and lavishly decorated rooms that showed how Savonnerie rugs related to all the other objects in the room such as the Sèvres porcelain, paneled boiseriere and silk brocades in an 18th-century French château. I remember wondering who the Wrightsman's were to have made such generous donations to the Met. It is only recently that I stumbled on a Vanity Fair article by Francesca Stanfill that I learnt the fascinating rags-to-riches story of Jayne Wrightsman and how she rose to the pinnacle of New York society from the humblest beginnings. Wrightsman not only became one of the greatest benefactors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art but she also quietly mentored Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis behind the scenes during the 1961-63 restoration of the White House and let Jackie take all the credit for the superb rejuvination of the interiors of the White House. Read More

How to Add Personality to Stately Rooms with Savonnerie Rugs

Image for How to Add Personality to Stately Rooms with Savonnerie Rugs

Ask Wikipedia to define Savonnerie rugs for you and you’ll find that they’re viewed as the “most prestigious” of all knotted-pile carpets as produced by Pierre DuPont under an 18-year priviège (that’s a patent to you and me) granted by Louis XIII in 1627. Achieving exceptional detail and rich textures through hundreds of subtle colors, Savonnerie rugs are still produced today. Using traditional methods and exquisite materials that meet the exceptional demands of famous interior designers the world over, Savonnerie rugs are prized for their ability to combine design genres and allow a home owner’s personality to shine through even in the most formal of spaces. Scalable Stately Savonnerie Rugs Read More

How to Decorate in Bold New Styles with Savonnerie Rugs

Image for How to Decorate in Bold New Styles with Savonnerie Rugs

To say that Savonnerie carpets are the rugs to which all other rugs aspire wouldn't be too far off the mark. It's true that Savonnerie carpets have impeccable pedigree and a glorious history behind them. Aubusson rugs and Bessarabian rugs are examples of rug styles that were initially meant to copy the grand designs of the Savonnerie carpet.  Read More

How to Give Rooms a Young Energy: Use Gold Rugs and Joyful Color

Image for How to Give Rooms a Young Energy: Use Gold Rugs and Joyful Color

When interior designer Susan Nelson was asked to design the living room in Washington Design Center's prestigious DreamHome, she immediately recalled seeing a gold rug with bright colors that she thought would be perfect for infusing the room with youthful energy, "My goal was to design a pretty living room that would bring a smile to anyone who entered", said Nelson. "The first design decision was to use the Asmara Pamplona gold Savonnerie rug to center the furniture. I just love this geometric, architectural rug and can’t help but smile when I look at all those colors – yellow, green, coral, turquoise, lavender..." Interior designer Christina Murphy a member of House Beautiful's "America's Top 100 Designers," would have agreed. Murphy popular quote reproduced here says, "Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging." The best way to create vibrant punches of color is to use a gold rug as a backdrop. Because fabrics and accessories look fresher and more vibrant when placed on a gold rug. Susan Nelson's show house living room is a great way to learn our 5 Tips: How to Give  Rooms a Young Energy: Use Gold Rugs and Joyful Color. Read More