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Antique Carpets & Modern Furniture

“The soul of the apartment is the carpet”, Edgar Allen Poe famously declared in his 1840 essay on interior design, The Philosophy of Furniture. He goes on to say that not only do the colors in the room take their cues from the carpet, but “the forms and scale” as well. He extols the virtues of patterns “with no meaning” (especially, “the Arabesque”), and writes many an unkind word about overcrowded designs and gaudiness of color. (One can’t help wondering what Poe would make of the current Age of Beige we have been in since the 1990s.)

So here we are, 175 years later, still asking that fundamental question: how should we furnish our interiors?… Read More