Photo Credit: Scott Chaney
This sophisticated, art-filled apartment is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, close to Central Park. The owners travel widely and invest in artwork by up and coming artists. When it comes to furniture, however, their taste leans heavily to the Deco period.
Barbara Barran, rug designer and President of Classic Rug Collection, was commissioned to design original rugs for the clients; the company specializes in fine, bespoke rugs. 80% of their work is one of a kind.
Inspired by the work of Deco rug designer Christian Berard, Barran created a soft, background palette of a greyed-out blue/green. “I wanted a color that would provide a lovely background for the artwork,” said Barran. “Also, I didn’t want to limit the owners’ color options, so I stayed fairly neutral.”
From the elevator to the public spaces to the private areas, the apartment has a beautiful flow based on repeated colors and textures. Barran designed five one-of-a-kind rugs for this project. All of the rugs were hand-knotted in Nepal at a GoodWeave facility, so no child labor was used to produce them. To tie the space together, the designer selected a Swiss-made, hand-sheared broadloom in a green/blue for the two bedroom areas. For the designer, the best part of this project is that the clients truly appreciate her work. “They have told me that they still get excited when they come to Manhattan and see their rugs!”