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The Inspiration for our Balustrade Rug

For the Home 02/11/14

Written By Holly Clark

Of all the beautiful elements in Biltmore House, which one do you think inspired our Balustrade Rug? Find out!

The flowing scroll pattern that graces the Balustrade Rug and gives it such a sense of movement was actually inspired by something quite fixed and immovable—the balustrade of the Grand Staircase in Biltmore House.

Designed specifically for George Vanderbilt’s French Renaissance chateau, the openwork iron-and-wood balustrade that winds around the immense 4-story staircase gives an airy feel to the massive stone steps. Similarly, the railing around the nearby Winter Garden keeps this indoor conservatory space intimate without making it look “fenced-in” or unwelcoming.

Though crafted in wool rather than iron, our Balustrade Rug captures the elegance that Biltmore’s architect intended for America’s largest home. Hand-tufted to provide years of warmth and beauty, this transitional design is a lovely accent for any room in classic tones of black, ivory, or mink.

See more Biltmore-inspired rugs here.

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