Interior Designer Spotlight: Lee Ledbetter

Lee Ledbetter’s Extraordinary integration of Architecture and Interior Design.

Lee Ledbetter’s superb interior design skills are derived from his pristine and prolific background in Architecture. Yes, he is a practicing architect, the principal of his own design firm, and a total Antique Rug junkie.

Lee Ledbetter's New Orleans Home Featuring Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

In fact, as featured in Architectural Digest, Ledbetter’s historic New Orleans modern home includes a few gorgeous rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection! It is evident that he has a crush on Oushak rugs, and at times, Khotan rugs too. His ability to combine antique rugs with modern furniture is exquisite, making his interiors at once chic and cozy.

Interior Designer Spotlight: Lee Ledbetter, Nazmiyal

Ledbetter’s hands-on approach guarantees that he is involved in every project his firm takes on. With a strong consciousness for sustainability, purpose, beauty and the environment, Lee’s work is always optimal for both its inhabitants and the planet.
Best known for his extraordinary integration of architecture and interiors, his mission to improve how we dwell extends further with his involvement in things such as The National Trust of Historic Preservation.

So from a designer who’s work sings of integrity, here’s a look at a few of Lee Ledbetter’s favorites from The Nazmiyal Collection and why:

1. Vintage Swedish Scandinavian Carpet By Ingrid Dessau (47665)

Vintage Swedish Scandinavian Carpet By Ingrid Dessau, Nazmiyal

“With its strong ties to minimalist art, this carpet could live on a wall as easily as on the floor. It accomplishes a lot of movement with very few lines while referencing traditional carpet designs in its subtle suggestion of a border and center. My choice would be to use this piece in a hallway as I’d hesitate to cover the restrained pattern with much furniture. “

2. Antique Chinese Carpet (50096)

Antique Chinese Carpet, Nazmiyal

“Perfectly balanced and restrained with a rich sage background and blue accents, this carpet would provide a perfect ground for an intimate living room or study. I could dress this one up or down; it’s super versatile.”

3. Fine and Decorative Antique Persian Tabriz Rug (50625)

Fine and Decorative Antique Persian Tabriz Rug, Nazmiyal

“This treasure is a “grown-up” carpet, and I’d love to use it in a large living room. Its tight, all-over design would work well with modern furniture, antiques, or my preference – a combination of both.”

4. Square Size Mid Century Pierre Cardin Vintage Rug (48877)

Square Size Mid Century Pierre Cardin Vintage Rug, Nazmiyal

“Another carpet that looks like a painting, this playful piece reminds me of the mind-bending artwork of Escher as well as the evocative line drawings of Cocteau. I would love to live with this in a small sitting room, and the neutral gray background allows for any combination of colors.”

5. Antique Turkish Oushak Rug (42091)

Antique Turkish Oushak Rug, Nazmiyal

“I’m partial to Oushaks with their primitive, tribal motifs, and this is a stunning example with its rich color palette of gold and aubergine. A living or dining room carpet, it deserves to anchor a carefully edited selection of furniture arranged in a way that allows it to show through.”

6. Antique Persian Dragon Bakshaish Carpet (48644)

Antique Persian Dragon Bakshaish Carpet, Nazmiyal

“A fun carpet with a lot of punch, I’d be proud for this to show up in one of our entry halls, stair landings or small garden rooms. It strikes the perfect balance between traditional and modern, and its fretwork pattern is mesmerizing.”

7. Antique Khotan Rug (42514)

Antique Khotan Rug, Nazmiyal

“This handsome Khotan is perhaps my favorite carpet in the Nazmiyal collection, and it’s so rare to find a rug with a near black background and only red and cream accents. Its proportions and formality lend themselves to a wide hallway, but I’d find a way to make this one work anywhere I could.”

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