Where to Buy Needlepoint Rugs: 9 Top Sources and 17 Decorating Tips

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A new generation of interior designers is discovering the allure of needlepoint rugs at a time when these rugs are no longer being made. Most of the needlepoint workshops in China-where 99% of needlepoint rugs were made - have shut down due to skyrocketing wages brought about by rapid industrialization which has drawn workers to higher paying manufacturing jobs. Back in the late 1980's when I first started making needlepoint rugs in China, I was amazed by the quality of the artists and artisans we were able to recruit. These young men and women freshly out of art school possessed unbelievably sensitive eyes for color and design. Now with China no longer making these rugs there are only two specialist importers remaining who have needlepoint rugs because they have retained inventory from before the factories shut down. They are Asmara and Stark Carpet. An additional seven dealers offer antique needlepoint rugs. All 9 top sources of needlepoint rugs are listed at the end of this post. Here are 17 tips for decorating with needlepoint rugs.         Read More

17 Gorgeous Interiors with Gold Rugs and Yellow Rugs

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If you are looking for the perfect gold rug or yellow rug look for rug that also have small amounts of cool colors such as blue, green or purple as this will make it much easier to create a stylish room. Not only will the rug go with more fabrics, but the room will look chic and inviting as illustrated by today's 15 gorgeous interiors and tips for decorating with gold rugs and yellow rugs Read More

How to Pick the Perfect Decorative Rug for a Bedroom: 7 Tips

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Before you start searching for the perfect decorative rug for the bedroom, take a few minutes to reflect on the direction you want to go in designing the bedroom: Are you designing a romantic getaway, or a quiet refuge in the midst of a city? Would you like to have space for family gatherings, or is it an intimate couple’s realm? Would you like to relax on a daybed by the garden window, or is a comfortable space for quiet work more important? The seven bedrooms show several different design directions. Once you have a clear picture of the look and feel you are aiming for, it will become easier to find the perfect decorative rug, fabrics, furniture and materials. Read More

How to Pick the Perfect the Wall Color, Decorative Rug and Fabric: 6 Tips

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It is nearly impossible to pick a perfect paint color if you have not yet selected a decorative rug and fabrics. People who try to choose a wall color first, are disappointed when the rug and furniture are placed in the room and the overall effect is not what they expected. A proven way to avoid costly decorating mistakes is to first ask yourself these questions: “How do I want to feel when I am in the room? and what mood do I want to create when guests are in the room? Each color has a different impact on how we feel. Once you learn the feeling different colors produce, it will become easy to pick the perfect combination of paint color, decorative rug and fabrics. Here are six different moods you can create by choosing the right combination of colors. Read More

Pastel Fashion Inspired: 14 Luscious Interiors with Pastel Rugs

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Pastels are all the rage now after dominating spring summer 2014 fashion runways in Milan, Paris, London and New York. Today's 14 stunning interiors with pastel rugs show you how to design luscious pastel interiors and how to chose the best pastel rug for the room. Read More

Unify Antique and Modern with Geometric Rugs: 14 Gorgeous Rooms

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Our earliest ancestors began decorating their dwellings and textiles with geometric patterns thousands of years ago. We can find geometric patterns in the architecture of civilizations all over the world from the Aztec to ancient Greece to Africa.. The other amazing thing about geometric patterns is that even though their origins are ancient, their sensibility is very modern. Interior designers have discovered that geometric rugs are a great for pulling together antique and modern elements in a room into a harmonious and distinctive whole as we shall in the 14 gorgeous interiors with geometric rugs in today's post.  Read More

Make Holiday Guests Feel Welcome: 4 Chic Rooms with Red Rugs

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Red is a color that makes guests feel warmly welcomed and it is most effective at doing this during the cold winter months and especially during the holiday season.  I am not even thinking of holiday decorations in which red plays a prominent part. But any amount of red feels warm and welcoming at this time of the year. So today we are going to look at four rooms that will make your guests feel welcomed and each of these rooms has a red rug or a rug with red accent colors. Read More