Veranda’s 7 Best Traditional Rooms with Designer Rugs in 2017

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Veranda has so many beautiful traditional interiors in 2017 it was hard to pick just five so I stretched it to the seven best. These include three stunning rooms by Miles Redd in an updated 1901 Victorian house in New Jersey, a luxurious Park Avenue apartment rendered in pale whites and grays by Thomas Pheasant, a classic Atlanta house updated by architect Yong Park and interior designer Melanie Turner. Finally, architect D. Stanley Dixon and interior designer Carolyn Malone evoke the peacefulness of a rustic English country house in a newly built home in Atlanta. Our focus as always is on the role designer rugs play in adding glamour to these living rooms, dining rooms and bedroom. Read More

Damask Rugs Enrich 8 Interiors with History and Beauty

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Damask rugs and fabrics originated in the Middle Ages in the ancient city of Damascus and they have evolved over hundreds of years with influences from Byzantium, Persia, Italy and France. This rich artistic history gives damask a unique appeal. The pattern in a damask fabric is woven in a different weave than the background- for example if the pattern is woven in a shiny satin weave and the background in a duller weave, the contrast between the shiny pattern and duller background adds another dimension. This added dimension and texture distinguishes damask fabrics from fabrics in which the pattern is merely printed on the cloth. The best damask rugs also contain two different textures- the pattern is usually in cut pile and the background is in a loop weave. Unfortunately too many damask rugs being made today take a short-cut and are made in just one texture which is usually cut pile. These rugs do not have the dimensional interest and texture of a cut and loop damask rug. Damask rugs come in a variety of color palettes ranging from tonal neutrals to high contrast colors. The eight interiors in today’s post feature several different styles of damask rugs and offer inspiration on how to add sophistication and a sense of history to both contemporary and traditional rooms. Read More

16 Ways to Coordinate Designer Rugs in Open Plan Rooms

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It is easy to worry about breaking some unwritten rules when choosing designer rugs for open plan spaces and adjoining rooms. Readers have asked us if the rugs should be coordinated, or if they should be different. Should they choose rugs that have similar colors or contrasting colors? Can they mix contemporary rugs with traditional rugs in a great room? The 18 rooms in today's post will show you that the many exciting ways interior designers have devised for visually linking rooms and open spaces through rugs, furniture, fabrics and accessories. After seeing these 18 examples, you will feel freer to try your own ideas putting aside the fear of breaking some unknown design rules. 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

Veranda’s 7 Most Pinned Living Rooms with Designer Rugs in 2016

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Veranda is arguably the most admired interior design magazine among both interior designers and home owners so it is a great pleasure to present Veranda's 7 most admired rooms with designer rugs on Pinterest in 2016. Read More

Thomas Pheasant Refines 30 Interiors with Custom Decorative Rugs

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Thomas Pheasant's interiors have a calm refinement and a quiet sophistication. Pheasant acknowledges the influence of French designers of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. His furniture and custom rugs are grounded in classical architecture, but with a clean and modern sensibility. He creates “things that have kind of a familiar look but are still fresh,” Pheasant told Architectural Digest.  Here is my pick of Pheasant's 30 finest interiors. Read More

7 Top Designers Use Damask Rugs to Warm Up Contemporary Interiors

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If you’re looking for a way to bring warmth and texture to a contemporary room design, a stylish damask rug can instantly do the job and also add sense of history and a rich texture. The patterns of these beautiful rugs go back to centuries old damask fabrics from Damascus, Byzantium, Italy, Spain and France. The best damask rugs are hand made in a cut and loop weave that will bring a sense of richness to any room they grace. The seven rooms by top interior designers show how they use damask rugs to add warmth and charm to contemporary rooms. 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

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

The Decorating Flexibility of Grey Geometric Rugs: 10 Chic Interiors

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The 10 chic interiors in todays post by AD100 interior designers illustrate the great flexibility of decorating with grey geometric rugs. The reason these rugs are so flexible is they combine ancient patterns with a modern coloration. Because they combine traditional and modern elements, grey geometric rugs make it very easy to tie together all styles of furniture from the most modern to the most traditional. Keep flexibilty in mind when buying high quality rugs- it will allow you to change the decor in the future without having to change the rugs! Read More