When great women join forces, the effect may be nothing but mind-blowing. This time, Jennifer Post, a renowned interior designer, enters one of the last buildings to bear Hadid’s personal stamp to complete the vision of the architecture’s Grande Dame. Join the tour around 520 West 28th Street residence and enjoy the heights of design artistry.
For the first time in history, the color trendsetter Pantone has selected not one, but two colors for the year 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity.
One might say that minimalism is the easiest design style. But it doesn’t only take the use of monochromatic color scheme and few objects is a big open space to design a perfectly minimal room.
There’s a saying that “everything old is new again”, and it’s true. Look at blue jeans styles, tie widths and even bicycle styles. Design is forever growing but also continuously recycling itself.
It’s not only mathematicians that place their interest in geometric figures and patterns but so do architects, fabric- and space designers. Square has always been an important element in our culture, architecture and special planning.
As it turns out it’s not only people that can convert and get a new life but so can buildings. Each building, just like each person, has its own story, ups and downs, days of glory and, and not much more to say, some periods that give no reason to take pride in them. Whatever the case, it’s never too late for salvation and if given proper care and understanding of the building’s unique features they may just repay the favour and serve us well for the rest of our lives and probably longer.
Swedish carpets employ simple geometry and an employment of folk art motifs in elegant arrangements to create sophisticated, playful, and refreshing arrangements. These carpets include simple patterns and vignettes from everyday life such as bouquets of flowers, a child’s sampler, or a pet dog. Some also include deer, tulip, hearts, people, and various floral motifs. This very Swedish history of elevating everyday life-moments into culturally significant art pieces can be seen throughout the history of Swedish art. It is a prominent feature of Karin Mamma Andersson’s masterfully crafted, evocative paintings. Below are some of our favorite interiors painted by Andersson, each rich with its own harmony, poetic organization, and mystery.
Elle Décor interviewed our founder and namesake for this month’s issue, and she supplied them with a bevy of rug wisdom and solid textile advice.
Doris Leslie Blau sold the business to our owner Nader Bolour in 1997, but she still stops by often enough. We love seeing her because all of the values and principles we hold when it comes to textiles, decoration, and interior design stem from her foundational philosophy that laid the groundwork for what we do today.
Doris on People…
“People fit with rugs. There are personalities that are right or wrong for a carpet. Some people want background rather than statement. I steer them toward quieter, more pliant designs with repetition, such as Persians. I’m the type who wants to make a statement. I like a powerful rug such as a Caucasian, one that is bold and geometric and has a bright palette of reds, browns, greens, and navy blue.”
On Tactile Comfort…
“We live in a world of new things, but it’s hard to match an old rug for its tactile qualities, its color and pattern. An antique carpet brings gentility to the hard edges that are all around.
A Chicago couple who collect contemporary art came to visit me. The wife said, ‘These paintings are driving me crazy. We need something to calm us.” I flew out to Chicago with a Tabriz. It settled the room. Always try out a rug before you buy it. You have to see how a carpet will look in its prospective setting.”
On Treasuring Rugs…
“The one that got away was a garden carpet from northwest Persia, circa 1800. The design had garden boxes, and in the center was a zigzag of water. It was like bringing the outside in. A time came when I needed money, so I sold it to someone I liked. They still have it and adore it. When you are a dealer, it is incumbent upon you to make sure that very special things are cared for properly.”
To see the full article, pick up the May 2015 issue of Elle Décor.
During the 15th and 16th Centuries, Turkish rugs were so popular in the European market that “Turkey Rug” became shorthand for all oriental rugs, regardless of origin. Today, antique Turkish rugs are a testament to the enduring power of old-world craftsmanship.
The Turkish weaving tradition dates back to the 13th century, when nomadic tribes started arriving in the Central Asian region. Due to the rich diversity of ethnicities among these tribes, there are many distinct schools of design that fall under the Turkish tradition. Here, we’ll show you a few choice examples of the diversity of art and craftsmanship contained in that tradition.
Compared with Persian rugs, Turkish rugs tend to have simpler, more rectilinear patterns. This early 20th–century Oushak rug is a good example – bold, blocky medallions in warm, ruddy colors.
Jumping a few decades ahead, here’s a circa-1950 vintage Turkish rag rug with irregular stripes that give it a heady, modernist vibe.
An early antique Turkish rug, this one was woven circa 1820, with an unusually wide border and four globular central medallions that almost hint at abstract modernism (despite the time period). This rug is one of a kind.
This antique Turkish Sivas rug is a choice blend of elegance and singularity. Notice how the central medallion is ablaze with intricate flourishes. Sivas rugs come from northern Turkey, and their designs are influenced by Persian rugs, but they’re still uniquely Turkish. Sivas are boldly and unapologetically decorative, statement pieces to be sure.
This one’s a real heart-stopper. Where to start? This antique Turkish Oushak rug is a bevy of golden delight, richly patterned in border and field. Oushak rugs offer some of the richest and most delicate designs available among Oriental rugs. Here we have a prime example of that beauty.
As you can see, vintage and antique Turkish rugs are rich in heritage and abundant patterns that speak to a beautiful, multi-faceted culture. The huge gamut of aesthetics encompassed by Turkish design give them wide versatility in modern interiors.
To shop among our wider selection of antique Turkish rug, go here.
The exquisite, other-worldly work of Eskayel has been generating plenty of press lately, most recently the DLB carpet used in John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s new home featured in Architectural Digest is an Eskayel design.
Eskayel creative director Shanan Campanaro was educated at Central St. Martins in London and worked in graphic design for fashion companies before founding Eskayel in 2008. You can see the full collection of DLB-Eskayel rugs here.
Eskayel has a very distinct aesthetic. How did you develop that?
I use a lot of water and ink when I paint and often paint on handmade paper while its really wet – this lends the water color property to the aesthetic and then I think we have a really specific color palette and we spend a lot of time choosing our colors for each collection – trying to replicate beauty and color we have found in nature.
The Ripple rug in John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s bedroom – what can you tell us about that specific rug?
The rug is a pattern called Ripple and it’s inspired by the shapes water makes on the surface, and also by the shapes you see on the bottom of a pool or stream made by light refracting through the water. The light pattern and the ripple patterns are what I was inspired by.
What are your most common sources of inspiration?
Travel and nature. Specifically sky and water and the variations on the them – reflections, waves, ripples, clouds etc…
You also do wallpaper, and some of your patterns are incredibly bold. Very lovely stuff, how do people incorporate it in a space so that it works?
We have a lot of really bold patterns that we also offer in muted neutral colors that are very popular – but some of the boldest colors and patterns are our most popular.
A lot of people use wallpaper in little nooks – powder rooms, stairwells, or accent walls, but also entire dining rooms are very popular. I love when clients wallpaper the entire room
Eskayel products are eco-friendly, right?
We only use sustainable-sourced fabric and wallpaper grounds made from completely natural fibers and our inks are water-based. We don’t use any vinyl in our inks or papers and there is absolutely no off gassing from any of our products.
Also, they are made to order reducing waste and made locally, reducing transportation and pollution. We also give one percent of our sales to environmental organizations like Surfrider Foundation, Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace, Mission Blue, Project Aware and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
I was looking at your wallpaper collection more closely, and … the bears! I love them! How did you come up with that idea?
I was painting a lot of polar bears when I made the Island collection in 2009, we got some of our first and best press on the polar bear pattern which is just my painting of a polar bear set into a repeat. We have a wallpaper installer who claims that he installed the bear paper in Justin Timberlake’s music studio. 🙂
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Our new collection coming out this month is inspired by the tropics and features four motifs in many different colorways. Each one is our take on these four classic types of motifs: Toile, Shibori, Medallion, and large leaf half drops.