Best of February 2014 Design Magazines: 18 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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In Boston, February is when we begin to realize that it no longer becomes dark at 4PM and start hoping for spring, even though we will be in winter's grip for quite a bit longer. The February issues of Interior Design magazines are beginning to show more color. I have picked the 18 most inspiring interiors with decorative rugs from the current Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Décor, Traditional Home and House Beautiful. I hope you enjoy them. Read More

14 Gorgeous Interiors: How to Pair Bold Colors with Decorative Rugs

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If you are tired of winter you will find these 14 colorful rooms energizing and inspiring. They show how top interior designers bring lively colors into a room in fresh new ways and how they unify the room with the right decorative rug. Each room has something different to teach and I will share with you what I see in each room.  Read More

2 Top Designers Create Fashionable Rooms with Damask Rugs

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Damask is an incredibly rich silk fabric that lights up everything from walls to drapery to upholstery with its combination of shiny and matte weaves. Damask rugs derive their patterns from damask fabrics and the best damask rugs also have a cut and loop texture which brings out the beauty of the pattern. You can use damask rugs as part of a full-fledged exotic theme within a room, or they can be the only exotic element in a room. How you use them depends on the look that you're trying to create. Damask rugs often have tonal patterns which look very subtle even thought they may have a lot of detail. The best damask rugs have a cut and loop texture that looks fascinating when light falls on the rug. Some damask rugs are shaded so artfully that some details of the pattern shimmer like silk, even though the rug is made entirely of wool. The shimmery section of the pattern reflects beautifully against the more matte portion of the design and in this way damask rugs mimic the effect created by damask fabrics. Today we will learn how Victoria Hagan and Steven Gambrel, both AD100 interior designers, created very different looks with damask rugs. Read More

Damask Rugs Bring Luxury and Style to 4 Interiors

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Damask rugs can bring a feeling of luxury and style to an interior because of their rich cultural history, beautiful patterns and artistic colors. Damask rugs are inspired by damask fabrics which were first woven in Damascus in the middle ages. The beauty of these fabrics results from the fact that the pattern is woven in a satin finish and the background is woven in a matte finish. The best damask rugs also contain two different textures- a cut pile and a looped surface. The pattern is woven in cut pile and the background in loop. The texture of damask rugs gives an additional dimension to its pattern and colors which in turn adds a richness to the room design. However, not all damask rugs contain a combination of two different textures. Since cut and loop weaving is far more difficult the plain cut pile weaving, most damask rugs are made in just cut pile. They are still called damask rugs because their patterns are inspired by damask fabrics. So how can you use a damask rug to enhance the interior design project? That’s what we’re going to show in a quick tour of four elegant interiors where leading designers have used damask rugs to create fabulous interiors. Read More

Damask Rugs Adorn 4 Stunning Interiors

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The beauty of a damask rug derives from an interplay between color, pattern and texture. Some of the most beautiful and flexible damask rugs have tonal colorations and wonderful cut and loop textures that accentuate the similar by subtly different shades. Rarely silk is used to highlight the pattern, but usually the rugs are made of lustrous wool. Recently damask rugs have also been made in highly contrasting colors. The four interiors show how top designers decorate with four very different damask rugs. You will see that damask rugs are a beautiful way to add texture, contrast and chic style to an interior. Read More

Geometric Rugs Add Modern Flair to 4 Interiors

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Geometric rugs can provide a funky, modern flair to any space.  It's easy to be intimidated, as geometric rugs often carry a large presence on their own and some may fear they will clash with other objects in the room.  However, Architect Carlos Aparicio advises, "If the objects hold their own ground and are powerful in their own right, there's no mismatch.  Pieces that were never imagined sharing a room can somehow look great together."  Keeping this in mind, there are some simple ways to incorporate the unconventional and sleek charm of geometric rugs while creating a beautiful harmony. Read More

Geometric Rugs Enrich 5 Stunning Interiors

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Geometric rugs offer incredible possibilities for design stylish interiors. Well-chosen geometric rugs can: provide unity for collected spaces; add subtle contrast to a limited palette; and, even impart an air of personality that proclaims the room uniquely yours. Today we’re going to look at five stunning examples of how geometric rugs have been used to elevate the spaces they anchor. Read More

Make a Statement with Geometric Rugs: 8 Chic Rooms Show How

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It’s easy to dismiss geometric rugs as a kitschy design trick or to assume they’re not for you because your home doesn’t feature a 60s Go-go style dance hall – but in doing so, you are overlooking an incredibly powerful design tool. Some of the world’s most fashionable interiors – both historic and modern – employ geometric rugs as subtle visual cues for visitors. Add Softness with Geometric Rugs Read More

4 Ways of Designing Chic Interiors with Geometric Rugs

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Legendary decorator Billy Baldwin said, “Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” That advice has certainly been taken to heart by New York designer Steven Gambrel, whose design portfolio tells of a man infatuated with geometric rugs. Both his Town and Country Portfolios are filled with a variety of geometric rugs. Read More