GRAND OPENING at the Washington Design Center

GRAND OPENING at the Washington Design CenterReprinted from HOME&DESIGN, May/June, 2015

The Washington Design Center celebrated its move to swank new quarters in DC

On March 18, the Washington Design Center held the grand opening of its new light-filled, downtown location at the Franklin Court Building on 14th and L Streets, NW. Festivities abounded to honor the occasion—and they were widely attended. More than 500 area designers, industry luminaries and celebrity speakers converged for a day of parties, lectures, book-signings and new-product introductions.

Sponsored by Hearst Design Group, the day’s activities included a talk by design maven Charlotte Moss, who afterwards signed her latest book, Garden Inspirations, in the Century showroom. In a program caned "Dare to Design," held in J. Lambeth, New York designer Amanda Nisbet and Claire Niermann of Niermann Weeks discussed how they created their collaborative furniture line. And renowned New York designer Vicente Wolf drew a crowd for his presentation at Doris Leslie Blau. "Vicente Wolf is one of the 'deans' of American contemporary design, enthused DC architect and designer Nestor Santa-Cruz, "It was a true honor to meet him and sec his beautiful work."

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Rapid Fire Q&A with Nader Bolour

Nader Bolour, CEO of Doris Leslie BlauReprinted from Go Design Go Magazine, October 30, 2014

In this rapid fire Q&A series, Go Design Go is quizzing design leaders on everything from their idea of happiness to their greatest achievement in design. In this interview, Doris Leslie Blau CEO Nader Bolour shares some interesting facts, including what historical design period he would most like to visit and his favorite furniture designer:

Your chief characteristic?   Workaholic

Your favorite design motto?   Recreate the past

What makes a house a home?   Love

What is your most treasured possession?   My soul

If not yourself, who would you be?   Sean Connery

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SHOPTALK at Doris Leslie Blau


By Marcia Sherill,

Fine Art for the Floor

Persian Malayer rugFrom a cozy wool rug to a timeless antique carpet, it’s true that what’s laid on the floor can transform a room in one fell swoop. As president and owner of Doris Leslie Blau, Nader Bolour, says, “It’s like putting a soul into a body. The eye always goes to the floor when someone enters a room.”


Truly Timeless

More than a century old, this Persian Malayer rug from the late 19th century is one of hundreds of antique and vintage rugs available at Doris Leslie Blau. Bordered by a delicate floral pattern, the oversized 23’7” by 15’ year-round antique rug features a playful palette of reds, blues, greens, and beiges. $120,000.

Doris Leslie Blau, Interior Design Building, 306 E. 61st St., 7th Floor,

By Lisa Chung, NYLuxury

Architectural Digest, February 2014


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    Architectural Digest, February 2014
    DLB's rugs featured in February's Architectural Digest.
    Architectural Digest, February 2014

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