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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


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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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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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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.

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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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Published in Rugs
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 02:46

Why our brains love curvy shapes?


It’s apparent that yet another year will soon be drawing to a close. Many of us are reflecting back on 2015 while eagerly writing holiday cards. Others are looking ahead to 2016 and making resolutions for the new year. Such is the circle of life.

For such a seemingly simple shape, circles carry a lot of meaning. They signify unity and wholeness and represent the feminine spirit, or Mother Earth. As rings, they symbolize infinity and, in turn, are a symbol of marriage, stability and endurance.

Circles also have ties to our emotions. It seems humans are innately drawn to this seemingly simplistic symbol – and curves in general. A study discussed in a Fastcodesign article revealed that people are drawn to shapes that are round or curved compared to linear and boxy ones. The reason boils down to fear. Sharp, pointy shapes or shapes with angles are processed by our brains with fear because we associate them with danger. Consequently, we see curves as harmless – safe.

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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 05:25

DLB Rugs From Around The World

Madeleine at the #WDCDesign Center Doris Leslie Blau Showroom has been traveling all around the world to find fabulous carpets for the showroom. All of these rugs are made in Europe and are new to the showroom. You can stop by and see them in person or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to setup an appointment.

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Published in Showrooms
Monday, 12 October 2015 03:57

Tufenkian Carpets At DLB

Tufenkian Carpets are now available at the Doris Leslie Blau showroom in the #WDCDesign Center. Picture below are Desert Smoke, Sky Charcoal and Cloister Slate.  These carpets are made in Nepal and are new to Doris Leslie Blau this fall. If you have any questions, please stop by the showroom or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.directly for information and pricing. Doris Leslie Blau is open to the trade during regular hours in the Washington Design Center. 

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Published in What's New
Thursday, 04 June 2015 06:56

Broadloom Collection From Stark Carpet

Stark is pleased to introduce Volume Three of our exclusive Broadloom Collection.

Published in What's New
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:13

DLB New Arrivals

These rugs are just in at the Doris Leslie Blau showroom in the Washington Design Center.  Rugs picture below are in stock and available for immediate delivery. Please contact Madeleine for more information.



Also new at Doris Leslie Blau is this Tibetan wool and silk rug. Custom sizes are available.


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