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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.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:07

Rug Showcase At Doris Leslie Blau

With Summer just around the corner, the Washington DC showroom of Doris Leslie Blau is showcasing a wonderful assortment of jute, abaca, sisal and worsted wool rugs.

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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
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:30

New Rugs In Stock @ Doris Leslie Blau

New Rugs at Doris Leslie Blau

Known around the world for 50 years as one of the most elite dealers in antique and vintage carpets, Doris Leslie Blau also offers a wide variety of new carpets and new area rugs.  Some of the new rugs that we produce are inspired by antique carpets and feature timeless designs. 

New Rugs at Doris Leslie Blau

Other rugs are inspired by vintage rugs or works of art but are executed with a more modern twist, either in design or color palette. Many of our new rugs were created by top designers and architects exclusively for the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery. The perfect complement to any home, new rugs, in either modern or traditional design, are always in style.  As the current market leader, we have been a major supplier of new rugs for nearly a decade.

New Rugs at Doris Leslie Blau

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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
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:09

DC Designers Flock to DLB


July has been a busy month at the Washington Design Center with even bigger names popping by work on their projects. Barry Dixon was in the Doris Leslie Blau showroom recently ordering custom rugs for his projects. Madeleine Mitchell is always ready to help a designer create custom rugs for any size project.


This cute tiger is going to Martha's Vineyard with Madeleine next month.


Joseph Craig Embrey Design and his team are keeping busy this summer too! So many Doris Leslie Blau rugs for their upcoming projects in the Washington, DC area last month maybe we should rename the WDC to the rug headquarters?

Happy designing and be sure you follow our social media for regular posts on new product every day at the WDC.

Published in Rugs
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 06:13

International Design

International Design

The Doris Leslie Blau showroom is fortunate to have Madeleine Mitchell's expertise on custom rugs. She is placing rugs lately in historic venue after historic venue. Madeleine's most recent design triumph is the installation of custom silk runners in the Ambassador's Residence at the Embassy of the Netherlands here in Washington, DC. Shown here, Madeleine is sitting atop the stairwell of the completed runners.

International Design


Contact the Doris Leslie Blau showroom or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly for your consultation on custom rug designs for your next project. 

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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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Doris Leslie Blau and Madeleine Mitchell hosted an event last week for members of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. 60 architects attended. President Ankie Barnes welcomed all members and newcomers. The event was a wonderful change for DC Metro area architects to socialize and view spring collections and new arrivals at the Doris Leslie Blau showroom in the Washington Design Center. Here are a few snaps from the event in case you were not able to attend.

If you want to receive information on future events at the Doris Leslie Blau showroom, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the showroom.

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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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