A custom Beni Ourain stairway runner was 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 our 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