For Americans ready to make patriotism a permanent part of their interiors comes wallpaper in the style of French toile bearing images of the White House, Washington Monument, Old Glory, Statue of Liberty and bald eagle amid boughs of cherry blossoms.
Part of the new Rustic Charm line by Olney Wallcovering, its introduction was more aptly timed than the firm could have imagined.
"We were already planning this motif," before September's terrorist attacks, said U.S. director of sales Clyde Ring.
The patterns became available in January.
Molly Gray, an Army wife whose husband was transferred to Washington in August, was browsing at Jerry's Paint & Wallpaper in Springfield, Va., last week when she found the patterns and carried them home to consider.
"We closed on our house on Sept. 28," she said, "and I'm just now getting around to decorating. I'd describe it as fun and unique and a nice departure from your usual florals and fruits."
According to Carl Thomas, the Baltimore-based Olney sales rep, Lowe's, Sherwin-Williams and independent paint and wallpaper stores offer the patriotic toile in blue or black on white, tan on beige, and blue with red on cream (retails for $54 for a double roll).
Even if the events of Sept. 11 had not occurred, Gray said, she would have been drawn to the pattern.
"I think is very appropriate since we now live right here in the capital."
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