Chateau Beauvais Collection by Michael Amini Furniture

The sweeping influence of the visually stunning French Rococo design flourishes to dramatic life in the Chateau Beauvais Collection by Michael Amini, bringing with it a sense of elegance that was once only seen in the castles of nobility. “Rococo” comes from French word, rocaille (shellwork), and Italian barocco, or Baroque style, used at first as a term of abuse for an outmoded style. Rococo emphasized pastel colors, sinuous curves, and patterns based on flowers, vines, and shells. Classical elements gave way to fantastic mythical beings, frolicking Chinese figures and playful animals. Flowers and plants were used to emphasize sinuous lines which tended more and more towards the asymmetrical.
The bedroom group showcases a mansion bed with unique pillowed wood headboard and footboard, and dresser with bombe styling.

Chateau-Beauvais-BedroomWith signature pierced carvings; intricate inlaid marquetry with a botanical feel; and bombe shaping, Chateau Beauvais boasts details that impress even the most discerning tastes. Finished in a unique duo-tone finish named Noble Bark, Chateau Beauvais evokes images of French flair. Rococo furniture took on a role of comfort and versatility, and Chateau Beauvais follows the example. Throughout the collection, the accent furniture pieces can be moved from room to room, seamlessly blending into the decor. As well, each piece has been carefully designed for maximum comfort.
The dining room boasts a trestle base rectangular dining table that can extend for any occasion, and detailed marquetry with a botanical feel.

Chateau-Beauvais-Dining-RoomThe upholstery features multiple fabrics mixed with metallic leather, and includes several unique pieces including a sweetheart chaise. The gentle inverted shape of the sofa compliments the carved wood and glass oval cocktail table.

Chateau-Beauvais-Living-RoomLike its predecessors, this Rococo styling contains lighter elements, with plenty of curves, and natural, intricate patterns. It is scaled and proportioned to suit any home with impressive elegance. Decorate your home in elegant and delicate manner with Chateau Beauvais Collection by Aico Furniture. Chateau Beauvais will warm the heart, as it makes an unmistakable statement of presence.

Original Home Designs from the Michael Amini Signature Series are designed and built for the ages. With minimal care and maintenance, your investment will be enjoyed by generations to come.

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Bob Mackie Home Collection by American Drew

Combine modern function with luxurious glamour in the new Bob Mackie Home Collection by American Drew available at FurnitureCart. This comfortable, eclectic collection offers vertical Prima Vera veneer that flashes across shaped fronts and inlaid tops. A nod to Bob’s lifelong work, a woven motif appears on carved moldings, feet, and the custom designed chunky, jewelry inspired hardware. Soft moldings frame the generous drawers, and borders of Bees Wing Prima Vera define the tops. Accents pieces in faux crocodile embossed leather, champagne colored steel, black granite and lighter colored stone provide the signature Mackie flair of combining sumptuous patterns and interesting textures.

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“Over the years I’ve noticed fashion design has become more and more comfortable and very casual; as has contemporary living tastes affected the way people live and function in their homes. Today, when designing furniture, quality and good design are still important, but comfort and function has taken a front seat. Today, people want to live in their entire home and not be afraid to use their favored and loved personal treasures. American Drew and I are so excited and proud to have created a collection of interesting and truly unique pieces. Each piece can stand alone or in combinations that will turn a home into an exciting, modern environment. We think we have may coveted items that certainly could be prize heirlooms of the future.”

Materials:

  • Birch Solids, Rosewood Veneers, Primavera Veneers
  • Rope & Lace is Primavera
  • Hardwood Solids
  • Maple, Walnut Burl with Primavera ribbon and Ebony inlays
  • Walnut Burl with Primavera feathers
  • Custom hardware that is distinctly Mackie, drop pulls and knobs
  • Black absolute granite tops
  • Side guided drawer slides
  • English dovetail drawers front & rear
  • Leather with a Supple Black look

Bob-Mackie-Dining-RoomElements:

  • Rope and Lace of Primavera on select pieces
  • Leather stitched low profile sleigh bed
  • Poster bed features a rope with metal cap plumes
  • Panel bed with low profile footboard with lace panel in headboard
  • Round dining table with Lazy Susan and featured pattern
  • Round dining table with lace pattern
  • Oval leg table with ebony border and rosewood top
  • Feathered leaf pattern on several items
  • Silver leaf pieces
  • Turned foot accented with metal
  • Softly shaped bracketed base on some of the cases
  • Mirrors – each mirror is uniquely shaped whether it is oval, round or landscape, combining a mixture of design elements and bringing together a mixture of materials. Using a combination of lace and or feathers

Bob-Mackie-OccasionalThe collection takes a very traditional style and creates a soft elegance incorporating a unique mixture of materials.  The goal was to design the pieces in a lighter scale, telling a veneer and finish story, not creating another massive, carved look.  The finish is critical to this collection and very unique at the price point. The size and scale of this collection accommodates practically every room of the home, from the most gracious master bedroom or dining room to the guest bedroom, special casual dining area or the living area. Whether the consumer is looking for formality or a unique casual elegance, the new Bob Mackie Home Signature Collection addresses it all.

For other furnishing ideas visit FurnitureCart’s Top 10 favorite sets available for each room in your home.

Rug Buying Guide: Construction Types

The most prestigious, well-known rug construction and best seller at FurnitureCart  is hand-knotted rugs. They are the most expensive and have highest quality due to the labor intensive process and quality of fiber. However, the majority of business done in the rug industry nowadays is with less expensive constructions and most people are interested in other construction types that are within their budget.

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Common Construction Types:

1. Hand – Knotted

Hand-knotting is the most intricate, labor-intensive rug weaving process in use today. The quality of a hand-knotted carpet is determined by the number of knots per square inch. Higher knots mean better quality. A complex pattern can require very dense knotting and it can take a long time to produce. An average weaver can tie about 3,000 knots per day.

A weaver sits behind a loom and hand ties individual knots onto the vertical strings seen on the backside of a rug.

The back of hand-knotted rugs shows individual knots and the overall design and colors of the rug’s surface.

Durability: Longest lasting. Good ones will last 10-25 years. Great ones can last 100+ years.
Shedding: Shed less than a typical hand tufted rug.

2. Hand – Tufted

A hand-tufted rug is made by punching strands of wool into a canvas which is stretched on a frame or with help of a hand-operated tool. After piling with wool, the rug is removed from the frame and a scrim fabric is glued to the back, while a fringe is added by either sewing on or gluing.

A nearly unlimited variety of patterns, colors, and textures can be used in a hand-tufted rug.

A canvas backing is applied to hand-tufted rugs with an adhesive to hold the yarns together.

Durability: Lasts 3-10 years depending on use.
Shedding: They will shed, but this will subside over time. Shedding usually depends on the quality of wool used, and density of the rug. Cheaper hand tufted rugs will shed more than higher-end hand tufted rugs.
Manufacturing Time: 4-5 months

3. Hand – Hooked

Hand-hooked rugs go through the same process. Tufted rugs have a cut pile surface while hooked rugs have a looped (rounded) pile surface. Rug making is now combining both cut and loop techniques.

Hooked rugs are made by tufting loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base such as burlap, linen, or rug warp which has been stretched over a frame. The design is printed on the base fabric, and the loops of yarn are pushed through the fabric (similar to the process for hand-tufting).

A nearly unlimited variety of patterns, colors, and textures can be used in a hand-hooked rug.

Larger looped rugs create a plush, heavily textured rug while smaller loops allow for greater detail in pattern and interesting texture.

Durability: Lasts 3-10 years depending on use.
Shedding: Will shed less than hand tufted rugs, but this will subside over time.

4. Hand – Loomed Shag

Hand-loomed shag rugs are handmade on a hand-operated looms with hundreds of plush, twisted, and slightly felted yarn. A team of weavers use a long steel rod and shoot the fiber across the vertical strings that run the lengths of the rug. Fiber can be as long as 6 inch.

Durability: Lasts 2-8 years depending on use.
Shedding (wool): Moderate shedding for an extended period of time. Shedding will subside over a long period of time.
Shedding (polyester): Minimal shedding
Manufacturing Time: 4-5 months

5. Hand – Loomed Flat Weave

Flat weave rugs are woven on a loom, rather than knotted. These products are made of cotton or wool, flat woven on a loom, ensuring a truly hand-crafted all-natural product. They tend to be much thinner than knotted rugs, making them generally less insulating. The thinness of the rug can be an advantage as it makes it highly versatile.

Durability: Lasts 3-10 years depending on use.
Shedding: Moderate, but subsides over time.
Reversible: Can extend life by flipping the rug.

6. Hand – Loomed Wool

Hand-Loomed rugs are handmade on a hand-operated looms using different types of yarn. A team of weavers use a long steel rod and shoots the fiber across the vertical strings that run the lengths of the rug. In this construction, rugs can be all cut pile, cut and loop pile or all loop pile. Rugs are also hand-carved to see more texture and design.

Durability: Lasts 2-8 years depending on use.
Shedding: Moderate, but will subside over time. Shedding usually depends on the quality of wool used, and the density of the rug. Cheaper hand loomed rugs will shed more than higher end hand tufted rugs.

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7. Machine – Made

Large machines have hundreds of spindles of fiber that are mechanically woven into a thin mess backing. The machine would run continuously to maximize efficiency. A computer dictates the pattern so there is little chance of error.

Common fibers in machine-made rugs include synthetic yarns like polyester, polypropylene, and nylon.

Like hand-knotted rugs, you can see the design/colors on the back of a machine-made rug, but has coarse latex backing that secures it in place.

Durability: Lasts 2-6 years depending on use.
Shedding: Machine-made polyester rugs will not shed. Since most are made from synthetic fibers, the pile will crush with heavy traffic.

8. Braided

The fibers are braided together by hand or machine to create a rope. The rope is then sewn together with machines to create the actual rug.

Durability: Lasts 3-10 years depending on use.
Shedding: They will shed, but this will subside over time.
Reversible: Can extend life by flipping the rug.

9. Outdoor

Rugs are made completely of synthetic fibers for outdoor use. They are mold and mildew-proof and the fibers are infused with UV inhibitors to prevent the fading. These rugs can withstand up to 300 hours of direct sunlight.

Durability: Lasts 1-5 years in outdoor use and 2-8 on indoor use. Leaving the rugs in direct sunlight will severely limit the life of the rug. Leaving them in standing water will severally limit the life of a rug.
Shedding: None
Manufacturing Time: 3-4 months

Rugs may have a history rooted in ancient times, but modern advancements in technology have introduced new construction types. Due to these recent advancements, rugs have become more affordable, fashionable, and complex in texture, design and color.
Rugs and accessories tie a room together visually, so browse our online catalog to find the rugs that will fit the color scheme and the style of your room.

With help from Surya Rugs.

Presidents’ Day Furniture Sale at FurnitureCart!

The Presidents’ Day is just around the corner, and at FurnitureCart you can save on any furniture while shopping for bedroom, living or dining room furniture from brands like Ashley Furniture, AICO Furniture, Homelegance or Steve Silver to name a few. Plus, the biggest free shipping and no tax program gives customers great saving opportunities and the flexibility to choose from.

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Save 5% on orders of $500 and up. Use Coupon Code FCSV5 during the checkout process or call our Customer Service to apply Discount.
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Charming Villa Valencia Collection by Michael Amini Furniture

Capture the vibrant and romantic lifestyle of Old World Spain in this grand Villa Valencia Collection by Michael Amini Original Furniture Designs available at FurnitureCart. The essence of this collection can be found in the traditional architecture and dramatic natural settings of the villages abutting the crystalline waters of the Spanish coastline.
The Villa Valencia draws its inspirations from the city of Valencia, in Spain. The name itself comes from the Latin name of the city, Valentia, which means “strength” and “vigor.” As it sits in the center of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline, Valencia overlooks the Gulf of Valencia, and is backed by mountains and rolling plains, creating a breathtaking environment. This area has seen numerous historical events, and as such, its character has continually developed.

Amini-Bedroom-CollectionFeatures:

  • Superbly crafted from birch solids with cherry, pecan and elm burl veneers
  • Distinctive marquetry and intricate embellishments complement a classic chestnut finish
  • Uniquely twisted  and shaped marble pilasters adorn select pieces
  • The wood furniture is crowned with  a lighted alabaster-like encasements, providing a soothing and ambient glow
  • Villa Valencia features great attention to detail, as seen on the dramatically carved wood chair, turned arms and hand-carved feet, completely finished with small antique brass nail heads
  • Further  complementing the upholstery pieces are sumptuous pillows in coordinating fabrics and specially designed trims

Amini-Dining-CollectionSolid birch is used in all key structural areas of case goods, as well as chair frames, feet, moldings, trim and carvings, because the close grain and satiny texture of the species brilliantly showcases the rich color of the Fruitwood finish. The natural wood provides a durable substrate, and makes for a heirloom quality piece. All wood drawer construction employs French dovetail fronts and English dovetail backs, which are known for their strong resistance to being pulled apart, as series of tails and pins join together to create a solid joint. Velvet and Cedar lining with metal ball-bearing in the bottom drawers of the dresser and chest gives these drawers a unique fresh aroma that helps protect items stored within, as well as provides a natural insect repellent.
Plywood backs add uncompromising durability and added support. Other companies may use inexpensive MDF, or particleboard backing on their cases, whereas AICO Furniture utilizes multi-layer plywood which is more expensive. The layers in this plywood are cross-bonded in the manufacturing process for added strength. Cross-bonding is a technique where the grain of each wood layer is applied perpendicular to each other. This creates four solid sides in our cases, which translates to an indescribably strong “no-flex” construction, ensuring the longevity of your furniture.
The finest high quality synthetic materials in the traditional carvings, which resist cracking, splitting and warping are used to accentuate the wood designs. The durable synthetic materials take an all the characteristics, beauty and luster of wood, so they never seem out-of-place within the collection.

Michael-Amini-Living-Room-CollectionThe Luxurious Villa Valencia collection draws its details from the history. From its marble relief to the unique multi-faceted beveled glass encasements, Villa Valencia is a timeless collection to be treasured year after year.
Original Home Designs from the Michael Amini Signature Series are designed and built for the ages. With minimal care and maintenance, your investment will be enjoyed by generations to come.

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Rug Buying Guide: Fibers and Fiber Types

The type of fiber used in a rug is one of the most important variables to consider when shopping for a rug at FurnitureCart. Also, it is important to understand that the most expensive fibers, New Zealand wool for example, aren’t always the best choice – it depends on the needs of the end consumer. If a customer is wary of high foot traffic or messy stains from children, then a more resilient fiber like polypropylene or cotton is possibly the better choice. Understanding the fiber types on the following chart will help make the best decision.

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NATURAL FIBERS

Cotton Sisal Jute Wool
Natural, soft fiber Natural fiber, stems from the agave plant. The strongest and hardest wearing natural plant fiber used in rug making Shiny, vegetable fiber. Highly textured, soft and durable The most commonly used natural fiber in rug production. Made from sheep’s fleece, wool resists stains, repels moisture and retains its appearance. The most commonly used fiber in handmade rugs
Sometimes used as thread for the base of a rug Highly sustainable One of the most affordable fibers Fiber diameter is the single most important wool characteristic, determining price and quality
Easy to clean and maintain Does not attract dust and is static free. It stains easily and is recommended for use in dry areas Second to cotton as the most produced vegetable fiber Wool rugs will shed initially, but subsides over time
Low thermal conduction, and anti-static make it a popular choice. It stains easily and is recommended for use in dry areas

Other natural fibers:

Silk
Silk is a natural fiber made from silkworm cocoons and is often used as a design accent in rugs. Delicate with luminous sheen. Takes color beautifully.
Seagrass
A durable natural plant fiber. It stains easily and is recommended for use in dry areas.
Hemp
A strong, durable natural plant fiber. It stains easily and is recommended for use in dry areas.

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SYNTHETIC FIBERS

Acrylic Polypropylene/Olefin Viscose Polyester Nylon

Moderately priced

Very affordable

Synthetic, “shiny” fiber typically made from viscose/rayon or a natural fiber using mercerized cotton

Very affordable

Petroleum-based fiber

Durable, although not as strong as other synthetics

Easy to maintain and highly durable

Commonly referred to as artificial silk

Wears well and feels very soft, especially when used for rugs with a thick pile

Durable, soil-resistant, easy to clean

Most commonly blended with other fibers like polyester (poly-acrylic blend)

A petroleum-based textile made from propylene and ethylene gases

Viscose is used as an accent, adding shimmer to dense pile construction

Moisture, stain, and abrasion resistant

Nylon yarn can be solution dyed, skein-dyed or space-dyed

Strong, fast-drying, colorfast. Resist moisture, abrasions, mildew, soil and stains

Retain color over time, easy to clean

Low-density fiber make it lightweight

The color scheme of your room

When searching for a rug, there is also color in mind. These are primarily determined by their paint color and the colors in their upholstery. Rug’s don’t necessarily need to exactly match the key elements in the room, but they should flow together. For example, a solid red rug should not be paired with a solid red sofa. A similar shade of red should be an accent color in the rug. Just in case they need more help in general, here are a few items to point out:

  • A warm color scheme creates an energetic space. Ideal for dining rooms, entry ways, and exercise rooms. Suggested colors: Red, Rust, Gold, Yellow.
  • A cool color scheme makes a room feel relaxed, perfect for bedrooms, bathrooms, and nurseries. Suggested colors: Blue, Green, Lavender, Grey.

Rugs may have a history rooted in ancient times, but modern advancements in technology have introduced an array of new fiber types. Due to these recent advancements, rugs have become more affordable, fashionable, and complex in texture, design and color.
Rugs and accessories tie a room together visually, so browse our online catalog to find the rugs that will fit the color scheme and the style of your room.

With help from Loloi Rugs and Surya Rugs.

Best Selling Designs: Riverton Collection by Klaussner Furniture

Bold strength is conveyed in the industrial design of the Riverton Collection by Klaussner Furniture; black metal tubes connect massive pieces of wood and visible bolts provide joinery. Design is gutsy and inventive. The juxtaposition of wood and metal is unrefined and the heavily distressed clove finish used on the wood presents a rough-hewn appearance. A sleek and sophisticated group with a pinch of contemporary attitude, the Riverton Collection available at FurnitureCart cuts a striking figure.

Riverton Bedroom at Furniturecart

FINISH
Dark saddle with metal coal accents
The dark saddle finish is hand-distressed with wire-brushing, rasping, worm holes and rock. The interior drawer finish is a darkcolored, full stain finish.

MATERIALS
Solids: Poplar
Veneers: Elm (hardness/density is between soft cherry and oak)
Leather in a chocolate colors.

HARDWARE
Metal with a time-worn coal finish is used for hardware and for accents throughout the collection.
Hardware consists of fixed knobs with squared, angular shaping and pulls made from metal strips. The pulls begin as a rectangular
strip with a slight rise at the top of the pull and flattened areas where they are joined to the piece.

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FEATURES
Plank Bed – Metal tubes pierce the wide, horizontal wood planks that form the headboard and footboard of this bed and provide a little open space between planks. Visible bolts are at the top of the headboard and footboard and on the sides of the bed. Four-sided, tapered feet are at its base.

Sliding Door Chest – An inventive sliding door moves from left to right to alternately reveal drawers and shelves for storage.

Riverton Side Chairs - Curved horizontal planks shaped like the side of a barrel form the back of a low-back chair set upon tapered legs. A chocolate leather upholstered seat is edged with a nailhead trim.

Dining Table – Four wide planks are flanked at both ends with a wide plank edge. Four-sided tapered legs, descend from the table apron to the floor.

Frame within a Frame Mirror – Framing the mirror glass and then suspending that framed within another frame adds an architectural element and a spacious quality to this mirror. The mirror is fixed at the 4 axis points so it doesn’t move.

The Riverton Collection by Klaussner will transform your bedroom into a casual space that you can truly enjoy. Plentiful storage space and timeless design ensure that this collection will fit nicely into your home.