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Our custom and antique carpets have a new home in the capital!
Last year, the old D.C. design center was sold to the Bible Museum, that gave all the design focus located there a year to pack up and begin the hunt for new space. The answer was this lovely 1920s building with 100,000 square feet split amongst 30 furniture, fabric and carpet showrooms. Our neighbors include but are not limited toHolly Hunt, Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils and ROMO, so our new home is shaping up to be quite the design destination.More...
Interview with designer Kate Hayes
This three-story Chelsea penthouse is home to a couple with two energetic children who love modern and midcentury pieces. The home has gorgeous views of the Empire State building. The main level, pictured here, is the family‚Äôs living/dining/playing area. Designer Kate Hayes had to make sure all the pieces could serve multiple purposes.More...
Gray is gorgeous!
Bill Cunningham noticed it in Manhattan earlier this month. In a New York Times style video, he showed how our resident fashionistas have opted for a lighter shade of New Yorkers' go-to black.More...
How to Select
an Antique Rug
Nader Bolour, president of Doris Leslie Blau, tells Wall Street Journal Wealth Adviser what you need to know about purchasing an antique or vintage rug.
Since the eleventh century, inhabitants of the Caucasus have produced knotted pile rugs. Karabagh, situated in the south of this mountainous land between the Black and Caspian Seas, bordered by Turkey and Iran, has always been a veritable melting pot of religion and culture. Decorative ideas and motifs appropriated from many different societies include those of Persia, Russia, Mongolia, Turkey and Arab origins.
The most unusual of antique Karabagh carpets are rose patterned, clearly created in response to Western taste, utilizing geometric pink and red flowers, bouquets arranged in garlands with swags, on grounds of dark blue or black. These ebullient and theatrical antique Karabagh rugs are frequently formatted as long narrow kellehs, gallery carpets or wide runners. Charming Armenian inscriptions, indicating both the weaver and date of completion of the piece, are often displayed in antique Karabagh rugs, carpets and kellehs (wide runners).
In recognising that Rugs can be the focal point in any style of interior design and also the starting point for most interior designers and decorators, it makes sense to make absolutely sure that the rugs are perfectly suited for the interior that they exist within. And although there is a wealth of choice in styles, colors and periods to be found in the galleries of Doris Leslie Blau, the perfectionist designer or home owner may choose to have the ideal rug commissioned especially for them. Custom rug designs are made possible through the support and complete determination of the talented and experienced team at Doris Leslie Blau to assist our clients through this process. Bespoke rugs and carpets are created as one of a kind rugs hand knotted in Nepal, India, China , Egypt or Afghanistan depending on the type of weave desired.