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Find your golden mean in decorating your interior

Throughout the ages, immemorial gold has symbolized wealth and power.  It is probably one of few things that have unceasingly evoked avidity in people from different times and ages all over the world.  Great human achievements are often rewarded with gold, so the color came to be associated with success and triumph, but also extravagance, luxury and prestige.   And this may be the reason many people don’t like to use gold when decorating their homes, criticizing it for being too pretentious and hard to work with.  For me though, timeless gold can be appropriate for almost any type of interior.   A touch of gold accents can have a great impact on any space, but we have to be mindful of not overdoing it.  I highly recommend keeping proportions and going neutral when working with this color to have it be outstanding in your home. Here are some good examples of this;

grey chesterfield sofa via elle decor

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DLB rugs and carpets on display at Kips Bay Decorator Show House!

 

This year’s show is taking place at the Villard Houses at Madison Avenue and 51st Street, and we are so pleased to have our lovely textiles included in this outstanding, charitable exhibit.

The show house event started in 1973 and supports the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. On Wednesday, the New York Times had a write up of this year’s showcase that includes a history of the annual rotating exhibit. If nothing else, check out the slideshow, this year’s featured designers have crafted a jaw-dropping assemblage of daring and decadent spaces: Ron Arad’s massive, million-dollar steel sculpture “fire screen” (peek through the grate and you’ll see a video of a fire) rests in a sitting room, Matthew Quinn built a 600-pound range hood made of crushed marble and limestone for the kitchen, and Darryl Carter altered a trio of 19th century paintings, ripping a landscape out of its frame and smearing white paint over the mouths of a pair of portraits, for a living room. Truly, this stuff should be seen in person.

Here’s a look at some of the rooms featuring our rugs and carpets.

Matthew Quinn s Kitchen

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A bevy of Blues or a flair for some Drama?

 

From rich, saturated colors like navy and indigo to bright, vibrant shades like peacock blue and cobalt, blue will continue to reign supreme in the coming year.  Navy is heavily present on the runways, on the streets, in editorials and in chic interiors. 

Library

Tribal patterns in blue will present itself among elegant tapestries, carpets, bedding and decorative pieces will bring a certain richness into home décor.  Its beauty rivals Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, although its energy is slightly more subtle.  Rooms that feature this color will spark creativity and feel embracing to those who enter.  Transforming any room with this color would recharge that whole area of the home, whether its created through the use of paint, wallpaper or pieces of art that incorporate it.

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Gendering of Design

 

The good, the bad and the downright silly

You know the kind of décor I’m talking about. It pops up in my design feed all the time. If it’s a “masculine” room, there’s inevitably dark leather, maybe a rough textured floor and some dead animals (or faux dead animals) tacked to the walls. This is the manly-man room; you can imagine a gentleman with a full beard and a smoking jacket settling into it with his pipe.

The ladies’ version is no better. There’s usually a lot of pink or purple and an over abundance of floral patterning. Femininity is conflated with girlishness. The person I imagine living in these spaces is someone who gets carded every time she tries to buy alcohol. Maybe she’s not even of age!

Today, much of Victorian-era design would be considered “feminine” based on our contemporary standards. The gendering of commodities isn’t the product of ancient legacy; it’s more of a tricky marketing thing. In fact, it wasn’t even until the middle of the twentieth century that pink became strongly associated with femininity.

Our ideas about gender and identity are fluid, so organizing an aesthetic around gender is unlikely to render a timeless result. Further, not many of us permanently inhabit a one-gender environment or socialize in a one-gender world.

It’s fine and fabulous for a person – of any gender – to like a punchy shade of violet, or to dig dark gray interiors, or to have a thing for baroque flourishes or antlers. But it’s better to ask, “What is it that connects us to those elements?” Than to build a space around a reductive notion of male/female.

Here are a few rooms we like that incorporate elements of contemporary “masculine/feminine” design with subtlety and nuance. They are inviting to people, not just men or women.

Brick Kitchen
Via: Decoholic

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GET THE LOOK: Eskayel’s Madagascar Rug

GTL 1I love this library from the 41st Annual Cathedral Antique Show in 2012. It was designed by  Lindsey Coral Harper from Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors . Her jumping-off point for the room was the Eskayel Madagascar rug from Doris Leslie Blau!  The Madagascar rug is made from Banana Silk! So if a silk rug is out of your price point, a rug made from Banana Silk will give you that gorgeous silk sheen without breaking the bank.  The banana leaf fibers are mixed synthetic fibers that help to accentuate the detail of the design. You can see more pieces made from Banana Silk HERE.

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World Record Price For A Rug: $33 M

The World is waking up to a new record price in the world of Rugs today. A Sickle-Leaf Vine Scroll and palmette “Vase” Technique rug probably Kirman South East Persia $33,765,000 at Sotheby’s NY.

New record price for a rug

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Doris Leslie Blau’s New Collection: Tulu Nadu

In this photo shoot, we wanted to capture the essence of nature, which was part of the inspiration when creating the Tulu Nadu line. We wanted it to have an earthy feel yet still be sophisticated, hence the natural landscape with refined elements. Aside from the collection’s natural beauty, it has a contemporary feel inspired by a cultural past. Tulu in Turkish means long hair; the long strands of wool were originally used in mattresses many years ago. DLB’s Tulu Nadu rugs are thick and shaggy and have a modern sensibility. The rugs are hand knotted using cut pile and the flat area is a Sumac weave; they are made beautifully and quite affordable. Our very own Susan Iszak says, “Our Tulu Nadu collection is an adaptation that is cool yet still practical. It continues the tradition of Tulu’s in DLB’s collection of antique rugs par excellence. We have blurred the fine line between new and old rugs.”

Yum Yum

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Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the AnimalsBy Nader Bolour

Do you notice how this whole rug is like a game for the eyes?

What did the rug makers intend?  I’m unsure, but this exceptionally fine, yet playful, silk rug hails from China around 1880.  The square size of the rug may represent it having been used as a table carpet or meditation rug.

It conveys many little stories all within the same frame, using detail, characters, and the muted tones of blues, grays, oranges, and browns.  Perhaps the animals depicted even helped anyone who sat on the rug meditate to an even deeper state.  Let us enter the carnival of this rug.

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Wak Wak Angels

One of my favorite rugs, this is a classic “Wak Wak” (pronounced “Vak Vak”) rug.  Wak Wak is Persian, and when dealing with rugs, it refers to “fantasy.”

Fantasy rugs are extremely rare.  They’re often silk, and either from Tabriz or Heriz Iran. The history of such rugs stems back many centuries, and the quality is outstanding.  Production of these carpets ceased around 1900, and they are almost never seen by the public.

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Nader Bolour’s Private Rug Collection

Nader Bolour’s Private Rug Collection

By Nader Bolour

There are 22 carpets that I have kept to myself over the years.  They are all rare, some are priceless, and all of them depict animals.  Although I keep them for my private enjoyment, I think it is time I shared some of them with you.

Let’s start with the most unusual carpet I have ever seen.

Its origin is a mystery.  None of the experts, including myself, can explain its colors and design.

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