Latest Obsession : Frances Elkins & the Beni Ourian Carpet

Now this is glamorous ~  a custom Beni Ourain stairway runner commissioned in 1929
by legendary interior designer Frances Elkins. She was an early design pioneer who mixed 
periods and styles with restrained elegance and her interiors with Moroccan carpets have become my latest obsession. It is refreshing to discover this combination of 'rough and refined': a handwoven Beni Ourain runner with loose rhythmic diamonds descending a dramatic staircase  lined with ebony and wrought glass balusters.  The meandering wool texture is a radical contrast against the glossy black and white marble floor below and the handblown Venetian chandelier floating above....

Frances Elkins Interior Design by Stephen Salny, forward by Albert Hadley
Photo by Ezra Stoller

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