A Thousand Shades of Grey … and Blue … and Yellow

When designing a space, one of the first and most important decisions you will make is the selection of your color palette. Once chosen, these colors should be repeated in their various shades throughout the room in rugs, upholstery, window treatments, wall coverings, paints and accessories such as throw pillows, lamp shades and matting on art work. This repetition of color is fundamental to creating a beautiful, well balanced room resembling the professionally styled interiors you find in national decorating magazines and television shows.

To help you with your palette, I recommend using a “generator” to provide inspiration and guidance with your color selections. The generator can be a focal point piece of art or a treasured antique, but if you have decided to incorporate an oriental rug in the space, your rug is the perfect place to start. This is another reason why I always advise purchasing your oriental rug first.

Most oriental rugs have a dominant color in the field and a secondary color in the border. The accent colors in the corner spandrels, medallion and design motifs may or may not impact your color selections and will usually depend upon the percentage of a particular color used in the overall rug design.

Once you have your generator, you can easily make a color chart matching the colors in your oriental rug or any other item with paint chips easily found at home improvement centers.  This convenient color chart is an extremely useful tool for your design decisions such as shopping for furniture or fabrics. 

By using the same shades of color, you can also vary the texture of the materials incorporated in your room. I am particularly fond of textured grass wallpapers and faux paint techniques such as Venetian Plaster. The light play on large surfaces adds richness and depth, subtle changing throughout the day. Even monochromatically designed rooms benefit from shade and texture variations. 

Whatever your color preferences, there are hundreds if not millions of shades from which to choose. Color is often the most significant element in a room with the ability to elicit joyful and calming emotions. When designing your home, I hope you find your shades of happiness.
Happy Rug Shopping!

The Divine Inspiration of Genuine Antique Oriental Rugs

“Oh Wow” is a phrase uttered over and over again when clients visit our Doylestown Bucks County Oriental Rug Gallery and ascend the back staircase to our expansive second floor antique rug showroom.  This gallery has been the crown jewel of downtown historic Doylestown for over 27 years, drawing architects, interior designers, rug collectors and clients alike from across the country.

The enormous amount of genuine centuries old antique rug inventory is at first both overwhelming and exciting. Glorious antique Persian Serapi and Heriz rugs grace numerous walls.  Super fine Persian Kashan and Sarouk rugs are piled high along each corridor.  Mansion size Persian Farahan and Persian Kerman rugs cover the expansive hardwood floors.  Exquisite antique French Aubuson tapestries hang next to antique Chinese Nichol and Peking rugs with exotic oriental motifs in scrumptious colors such as gold, lavender and robin’s egg blue.  Large thick rolls of Turkish Ushak, Shirvan, and Sultanabad rugs line every wall.  The most decorative antique Caucasian Kazaks and Turcoman kilos drape ceilings high above pile after pile of even more one of a kind antique rugs.  It is simply wonderful.

This is the space I adore.  It is the culmination of a life time of the travel, assembling a treasure trove of magnificent antique oriental rugs.   This is where I lose myself for whole days, studying the design and weave techniques of these stunning works of art.   Surrounded by such splendor, I find it divinely inspirational and one of the most inspirational to design new rug collections. 

“Oh Wow” is right.

Happy Rug Shopping!