Design Trends

Furniture Trends 2015In our last newsletter we discussed Color Trends for 2015. Dressing up a room with a new splash of wall color or changing rugs is a quick and easy fix to give your room a new look. Decorating is similar to fashion, trends come and trends go and there is always a new twist on an old idea. Michele Lamb gave her furniture trend predictions for 2013 at the Las Vegas Furniture Show Market. The sustainable trend is the hottest trend to hit design in years. Consumers are buying with a conscience. Reclaimed and recycled wood is hot. Oriental rugs can last a lifetime and they are one of the best investments you can make for your home and the environment. In addition to the environmental trend, consumers on a budget are purchasing laminates and other man made materials for counter top surfaces. Many of the man made surfaces have a great look and what might have been out is now very hot!

Today’s families are on the go in every direction. Multi-tasking is having an influence on how we live and manufacturers are taking notice. Companies are designing furniture with built-in features for technology, such as pull-out laptop desks on the edges of sofas and an entertainment center with a corner flip-down designed to contain and hide connections.

Watch for modern traditionalism to emerge as a trend through 2013, Lamb said. Modern traditionalism is tradition with a twist that feels new again, such as a sofa with classic legs, but no arms. Tradition is redefined with luxurious fabrics like silk and satin, graphic patterns and unexpected materials or textures. Designers are “giving tradition an update” and “formality minus stuffiness works.”

Rococo vision, which is a modern way to blend modern and traditionalism, is another interesting aspect to note. Dressed up glamour and new contrasts to classics are adding interest to home fashions. Wallpaper is making a big comeback and fabrics are sumptuous and rich. Industrial zeal is all the rage in certain markets, including dressed-up concrete, bare bulbs, stamped sheet metallic, tables with industrial overtones, laboratory glass with Pyrex beakers and porcelain flowers. Contemporary, angular surfaces are a trend to watch from 2012 through 2015.

Heirloom Rugs

Rug weaving was introduced to India during the sixteenth century at the time of the Moghul Emperor Akbar. At the same time rug weaving was flourishing in Iran under the rule of the Safavid Dynasty. Many of the Indian workshops were set up under the supervision of Persian weavers. Consequently, Indian designs were strongly influenced by those of Iran, mainly by the curvilinear styles such as Isfahan. It is even possible that the first Persian weavers who were brought to Lahore (at that time part of India, now part of Pakistan) came from Isfahan.Many of the Persian designs are now made in India and Pakistan like Saruq, Kashan, Isfahan or Kerman, and other simply have a general central Persian flavor. The Pakistani rugs of Isfahan quality are finely wowen, the quality  and colorings are excellent – far better than much of the new production of Persia, and much cheaper.

Nain is a small town, east of Isfahan, on the edge of the great desert, almost halfway between Isfahan and Yezd. Nain rugs, however, are wowen over a huge area streching from the vicinity of Isfahan right out into the Kavir e-Lut – the vast desert that accounts for some 15% of the whole land area of Iran – , where, at the oasis of Biabanak, the finest rugs are made. The carpet production in Nain is fairly recent. None existed during the great classical era, the town then being famous for other fine textiles. It was when this industry began to decline in the 1920s that the manufacturers of Nain switched to carpets.

At first they made medium fine goods in rather stiff designs that look sometimes like fine Bakhtiars, sometimes like fine Yezds, with rich blue and brown-red colorings. Since the second World War, however, they have settled on an unmistakable superfine style of their own. The traditional medallion shape is similar to that of Isfahan, but the layout of the ground is different with a less clear articulation and often an effect more akin to ‘mille fleurs’. All the outlines of the design are in silk. The rest of the pile is wool, the warps and wefts are cotton, but the most obvious characteristic of Nain is the coloring, which is dominated by light or dark blue, like in our picture, and cream or mushroom. all other colors are used, but mostly very sparingly. Some pieces have red or gold grounds, but these are rare. Red, in general is noticeable by its absence. The overal coloring is restrained, not to say decidedly cool. All sizes are made, although the price is so high that few dealers hold stocks of carpet sizes. The stitch ranges from a minimum of 322 knots per square inch up to double that figure.

The City of Tabriz, huddled on the edge of the Caucasus mountains undoubtedly has by far the biggest range of designs and qualities of any manufacturing town in the whole of the Orient. It’s influence is wide spread throughout the whole rug production world. This particularly rug is made entirely with silk, Chinese origin, based on most refined original Tabriz designs. The beauty  of the ornamentations, precision of the weaving process, soft and yet crisp dyes is proof of master weavers production, probably Persian origin.

Design Trends

Color Trends 2013Trends come and go, but like fashion, keeping your home up to date is uplifting. One of the easiest ways to change the look of a room is to incorporate a new color. Adding a new rug, painting the walls and incorporating new accessories is an affordable solution to achieve a new look. What are the new trends that will we start seeing in showrooms?

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute has revealed her eight color palettes forecast for 2013.



ReCollections: It provides a link to the past and yet recreates it a bit to look to the collectibles of the future. ReCollections include tapestry blues, muted blue greens, elegant champagne and warm peachy tones.

High Profile: The palette’s hues are inspired by the stylish icons that have survived the fads of the past, and includes colors such as pristine white, ebony black, rich browns and silvery grays accented with fuchsia, royal purple, and gold and silver.

Ethnic Chic: This palette contains rich hues of deep purple paired with misted yellow and stone grays, and burnt orange juxtaposed with vibrant blue and brunette browns.

Chinoiserie: This palette is a blend of graceful shapes and charming motifs. The colors are artistically designed with mauve tones and yellow/green, which is a historic Chinese color.

Agestic: The feeling is rustic, but not country. It is appealingly contemporized country, a rustic re-do of textures and smooth surfaces with color combinations such as bruschetta browns, tender greens, golden yellow and vibrant pink.

Wellspring: This palette contains blues and aquas that have cooling and soothing qualities, highlighted with an undersea green, violet, and indigo.

Savories: This palette is all about fun. The palette includes tasty blends of decadent chocolate and daiquiri green, with dollops of appetizing brights embellishing the mix.

Nuances: This palette pays tribute to neutrals but uses a bright color to draw the eye in. It includes rose paired with earthy browns or reddish plums with a green tinged bronze tone.

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Designer’s Advice

An Interview with Jeffrey Dean

Q. What tips can you share with us when purchasing an Oriental rug?

A. Foremost, a hand knotted Oriental rug is a quality product that will endure. Defining Oriental rugs today is different than it ever was and with that you have versatility with the designs available. An Oriental rug is the impetus for the design of a room. Ideally, if you can select your rug before adding anything else to a room, you will not narrow the choices for finding a rug that you love. It is easier to match fabrics and there are literally thousands available, however, the selection of quality rugs is not as vast. A client might have a certain collection that will dictate the room design so, the luxury of buying the Oriental rug first is then not an option.

Many people make the mistake by not picking the right size rug. When selecting a rug for a dining room it is a common oversight to purchase a rug that is too small. When the chair is pulled from the table the back legs should not hang off the carpet. Purchasing an Oriental rug is a commitment and the proper size rug is elementary to a well designed room.

When I select a rug for a client they will inform me of their preferred palette. The palette description can be as vague as, light and airy, or they may have a particular palette in mind. The architecture and type of room you are working on often dictate the color and design of the rug. For example, jewel-toned Persians are right at home in a family office or paneled library. A softer palette with perhaps a French motif in a more “classical” setting or a contemporary, uncomplicated Tibetan for a 1950’s split level with a big living room. You might also be swayed to one design over the other because of the scale of design, the lighting in the room, and what seems appropriate to the period of the house.

It is difficult to discuss an Oriental rug in generalizations; selecting an appropriate Oriental rug is best made on an individual basis. Selecting the most appropriate Oriental rug requires a plan. If you are not working with an interior designer, understand the architecture of your home, decide on a color palette that is pleasing and that flows with adjoining rooms and understand your room dimensions and furniture floor plan. It is best to show a consistency from one room to the next. An Oriental rug is an essential design element for a room and its beauty will last a lifetime.