Hilfiger and Lepore Roll Out Exclusive Carpet Designs

Dec. 5, 2006
New York - Acknowledged for its extensive and impressive antique carpet collection, Custom Carpet Department and 20th-century Decorative Arts Division, the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery is adding a new category to its resume. Partnering with two top fashion designers—Tommy Hilfiger and Nanette Lepore—the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery is introducing its exclusive carpet designs this spring.

The two featured designers have now translated their artistic talents and award-winning fashion sense into the world of home fashion. The new Fashion Designer Collection, featuring two exclusive designs by Tommy Hilfiger and one by Nanette Lepore, will debut at a gala launch on March 8, 2007. The cocktail party, a fundraiser for Gilda's Club Worldwide, will auction all four original carpets, each signed on the back by its creator, with the proceeds benefiting the charity.

"This collection is unique in that no other company has partnered with these two top designers to create a line of carpets," says Nader Bolour, president of the Doris Leslie Blau Gallery. "The new collection represents the marriage of interior design and home fashion."

Tommy Hilfiger has created two carpets, both inspired by his brand's nautical roots. The first rug is a tailored navy and red chain-link pattern that is handmade of 100 percent Tibetan wool. The second rug carries a blue and white anchor motif in a handmade Aubusson weave, made of 100 percent wool.

Nanette Lepore's carpet is a whimsical interpretation of one of the designer's own fabrics. The multi-colored rug features a pattern of peacock feathers, with tassel accents. Made from the all-natural banana leaf fiber, it is luxurious to the look and touch, with a more "organic" quality than pure silk. 

About Doris Leslie Blau GalleryThe name Doris Leslie Blau is synonymous with some of the finest carpets in the world. Founded in 1965, Doris Blau became a legend in the world of design and architecture, thanks to an outstanding collection of antique Oriental and European rugs. Committed to serving the design community and its clients, Blau collected an eclectically unique array of antique rugs and carpets of outstanding merit from around the globe. In 1998, Mrs. Blau joined forces with Nader Bolour, who brought to the business a background of three generations in the carpet trade that began in Teheran, moved to London, then to Los Angeles; and now, to New York City. The combination of Blau and Bolour has yielded unique strengths unparalleled in the carpet world, taking the business to another level. With his passion for quality and eye for the unusual, Nader Bolour continues to bring a bit of "soul" to each project and every room. For more information, visit www.dorisleslieblau.com.

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