Savonnerie Carpets Let You Decorate in Vivid Colors and Grand Style

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Color has a powrful impact on how we feel about a room . While accessories, signature furnishings and bespoke artwork may speak to your personality and showcase your eye for quality, color subtly sets the feeling tone and mood for your guests and leaves a memorable impression of your home. There are many exceptional rugs and carpets that can help carry color through a room – but few bring a vivid, personal color palette into play as well as Savonnerie carpets. Read More

3 Chic Modern Ways of Decorating with Savonnerie Rugs

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Savonnerie rugs have that innate French knack for glorious detail, lavish color and opulent design. It’s common to see Savonnerie rugs on the floors of grand rooms that are decked out in true French style: a lot of rich color, gold accents and opulent furniture. However, you might not feel comfortable with such grand design in your home, thus believing that Savonnerie rugs aren’t for you. Read More

How French Design Celebs Adorn their Homes with Savonnerie Rugs

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If you ever wondered how design icons use Savonnerie rugs in their own homes, and you guessed "fabulously," you'd be right. Savonnerie rugs play a major role in the personal residences of many of the world's most fabulous tastemakers. The design aficionados in the following examples use Savonnerie rugs not because the spaces called for them but because the homeowners wanted them to be there. As Ralph Lauren says, "Style is very personal." Read More

How Top Designers Create Chic Modern Rooms with Savonnerie Rugs

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Do you believe that Savonnerie rugs can work in all types of homes? Let's say you've inherited a house from your grandmother. This is no ordinary house, but a genuine Lily Pond Lane original. A shingle-style Arts and Crafts cottage with about 25 rooms, original oak wide-plank floors, bay windows…the works! You want to honor dear Grand-mère, but you're more apt to hang a Twombly than a Cezanne. You love Savonnerie rugs, but wonder if they'll work with your new decor. Go ahead and do it up your way with Savonnerie rugs. Read More

How to Add Modern Vibe to Traditional Decor with Savonnerie Carpets

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If you like the English country house style, but would like to give it a modern and fresh feel, there is no better place to start than with a Savonnerie carpet with modern English floral patterns in clear, fresh colors. These modern, English Style Savonnerie carpets are nothing like the ornate 18th and 19th French Savonnerie carpets you associate more with the Palace of Versailles than in modern living rooms. The fresh, clear colors, and younger aesthetic of the modern Savonnerie carpets are the perfect way to give a modern feel to the English country house style. In today's post we will learn how great interior designers decorate with Savonnerie carpets in the modern English country house style. Read More

I Don’t Wear a Crown: Can I Decorate With French Savonnerie Rugs?

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You may be asking this question with a smile on your face, but you're only half joking. It was pretty clear early on that French Savonnerie rugs were something special. From the moment they were spawned in 17th-century France, these elaborate and exquisite rugs, hand woven by Parisian weavers, were deemed so spectacular that they were exclusively manufactured for the King. The advent of Aubusson rugs came about in large part due to the clamoring and demands of the moneyed classes who were desperate for the Savonnerie carpets but who were for the most part locked out from getting them. Read More

Make a Room Feel Collected, Not Decorated, with Damask Rugs

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Close your eyes, and think of a time you walked into a room with a beautiful damask rug that shimmered like silk. It was probably hard not to gasp as you resisted the urge to touch everything in the room, noting the way the damask rug, the furniture and the art all worked beautifully together. Damask patterns go back to ancient Byzantium and Damascus where they were woven in silk and the fabrics were used to cover walls as well as for drapes and furniture. A Damask fabric differs from other fabrics in that each side of the fabric is the perfect inverse of the other. Intricately woven with a weft yarn and a warp yarn, traditional damask fabrics have tonal colorations. Turning the fabric in your hands this way and that makes it shimmer and reveal subtle variations and elegant motifs and patterns. About 18 years ago damask patterns began to be woven into rugs using the Savonnerie carpet weaving method which allows the weaver to create the shimmer of silk damask fabrics by weaving the carpet with hundreds of shades of wool yarn. The effect is quite magical- the rug shimmers just like silk as you walk on it. Read More

Pinterest’s 7 Most Gorgeous Interiors with Luxury Savonnerie Rugs

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To qualify for Pinterest's 7 Most Gorgeous Interiors with Savonnerie Rugs, the interiors had to be both gorgeous and over the top. I rejected Napolean's bedroom at Malmaison because it was definitely way over the top, but I did not find it beautiful. I am pleased that more than half of the top 7 interiors are by American decorators, and if you did not know which ones are American, it would be hard to tell them apart from the European. As you go through these rooms, pay special attention to the rooms in which the colors of the fabrics and the walls are deliberately not coordianted with colors of the Savonnerie rugs. This freedom from the iron clad rules of color coordination gives these rooms a fresh, airy and timeless feeling. Since the attributions of the images on Pinterest are frequently missing or inaccurate, I apologize in advance for any errors that I might have unknowingly picked up from Pinterest.  Read More