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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 05:19

Designer Spotlight: Barry Dixon

Designer spotlight on Barry Dixon and his recently completed project at Blackberry Farm.

Published in What's New
Monday, 16 January 2017 10:35

Neutral Grey Rugs

Grey comes in so many different shades and can create calming elegance or even add vibrance to a room.

Published in Rugs
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 02:48

Summer Blossoms Year Round

Summer blossoms year round with rugs from Galleria Carpets & Rugs!

Hand carved silk pile on hand knotted wool pile.

Published in Rugs
Monday, 29 August 2016 10:04

Designer Trends: Scandinavian Chic


All who cherish the power which lies in simplicity are definitely familiar with Scandinavian design. There are three clear rules of the style – it should be functional, beautiful and available to everyone. So plain, so brilliant.

This modernist movement emerged in the Northern Europe in 1930 at the Stockholm Exhibition as a shift away from realism and romanticism that had been a la mode. Scandinavian designers set out in search of the perfect combination between the traditional craftsmanship and practicality, as well as affordability while maintaining the decorum and grace. In the mid-20th century they have achieved their goal. The style, close to what it looks like today, was launched.


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Published in Design Trends
Thursday, 25 August 2016 05:46

Classic Blue & White Rugs

Galleria Carpets & Rugs has been busy this summer installing beautiful custom and antique rugs int he DC metro area. This antique cotton dhurrie in classic blue and white was just installed in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Published in What's New
Monday, 16 May 2016 04:41

High Performance Rugs

High Performance Rugs

Perennials High Performance Rugs

Perennials is the leader in the luxury performance textiles industry. Since the company’s debut in 1997, Perennials has become recognized as the designer’s dream for both contract and residential applications, transforming gardens, pools, yachts and casual living areas into enchanting spaces.

Perennials began with fabrics — but has expanded its offerings to trims and made-to-order rugs and pillows that are every bit as beautiful, cleanable and durable as the fabrics. 


Perennials Rugs Cleaning Tutorial from Perennials Fabrics on Vimeo.

Rugs at Hines & Co.

Luxurious, soft and made to handle the rough stuff, Perennials Rugs are handmade using 100% solution-dyed acrylic, making the rugs beautiful and durable for indoors or out. As you would expect from Perennials, all of the rugs resist mildew and fading, while keeping a luxurious feel underfoot. Colors permeate to the fiber core, guaranteeing that for years to come, your rug will stay as vibrant as the day it arrived. Handcrafted by skilled artisans, Perennials rugs are made just the way you want and can be made in any size, any shape or any color. Creating your own Perennials luxury performance rug is only a step away.

 High Performance Rugs

Contact the Hines & Co showroom in the Washington Design Center for more information on Perennials.  

High Performance Rugs


Published in What's New

In the original My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie, one of the past times of family patriarch Gus Portokalos was to verbalize Greek contributions to modern-day life. While democracy, geometry, philosophy and the Olympic games are a few, Greek influence in architecture, art and design are just as great.

Although millennia old, there’s still a lot to love about Greek design today — from its vibrant palette, bold lines, and laid-back vibe. Here are six ways to bring a Grecian flair to your home decor.

  1. Run With a Greek Key Pattern

The Greek key pattern was an important symbol in ancient Greece. It signified infinity, eternal flow, friendship, love, waves and the four seasons, to name a few of its associations. Also called “Greek fret” and the “meander pattern”, its bold, twisting design is the epitome of an enduring classic.

The Greek key’s linearity lends itself to banding, bordering and edging — whether for a window treatment, a tile installation or architectural molding. Here, it adorns a decorative wall motif, the bedding and edge of the drapery panels.

Designer Amanda Carol added a beguiling Greek key pattern stenciled to the front of this dresser. Designer Amanda Carol added a beguiling Greek key pattern stenciled to the front of this dresser.

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Published in Showrooms
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 06:27

Best Modern Collection

Award Winning "Best Modern Collection" at the Washington D.C. showroom of Doris Leslie Blau

The following rugs were awarded "Best Modern Collection" at the Domotex show in Germany this month.  Rugs shown are Snow, Anatolian, By the Lake and Smoke on the Water. Custom sizes available. Wool and silk content. Made in Nepal. 

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Published in What's New
Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:04

Seeking Balance in Scandinavian Design

Doris Leslie Blau


Doris Leslie Blau

Lagom is a Swedish term that means perfectly balanced – not too little, not too much.

Much of the success of Scandinavian design, new or old, is owed to its clean lines, simplicity of design and how harmoniously it blends with other periods and styles.

This is in part why the resurgence of mid-century modern style and designs by many of the greats like Hans Wegner, Eero Saarinen and Arne Jacobsen have journeyed back into many of our homes.

Looking to channel Scandinavian style? Here’s how:

Start with a blank canvas

Perhaps the first perfect neutral backdrop, traditional Swedish interiors usually feature white or light grey painted walls and white-washed wood flooring. Giving a fresh, clean look, a light, neutral base makes way for a pop of color on a feature wall, artwork, or furnishings.  Here, the patterned rug takes center stage in this Swedish apartment.

Published in What's New
Monday, 11 January 2016 02:04

New Arrivals At Doris Leslie Blau

Sumptuous wool and silk rugs arriving daily at the #WDCDesign Center Showroom of Doris Leslie Blau. See some of the new arrivals below. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on pricing and availability. 

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