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This Carpet with a Cause Raises Money for Breast Cancer

October 19, 2018

For centuries, both the rose and the camélia flower have been a symbol of longevity and purity – with the rose especially symbolic of love and passion. In the Victorian Era, when pink and red camélias were sent to someone, it meant that the recipient was the “flame” in the heart of the sender.

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That’s the inspiration behind Durkan’s new Camélia Rose carpet collection, which is helping bring awareness to breast cancer while also raising funds for research – not just in October but year-round.

Durkan Fights Breast Cancer

Did you know that one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? This is a diagnosis that doesn’t only affect women, but men as well – about 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men this year alone.

“I was honored to partner my new collection in the fight against breast cancer with Susan G. Komen,” says designer Virginia Langley, who created the collection in collaboration with Durkan. “My family has had to deal with cancer and my father is a survivor. I can only imagine how difficult it is to go through and how strong one must be to get through it. To all those who have gone through suffering or loss, who show us and inspire us with their beauty and strength – to me, you are all the flames in our hearts.”

As a long-term partner of Susan G. Komen, Durkan is committed in the fight against breast cancer. Hospitality flooring specifiers can join Durkan in the fight when they Specify for a Cure. Camélia Rose PDI carpeting is included in Durkan’s Specify for a Cure corporate donation program, which gives 25 cents per square yard sold to Susan G. Komen when 500 square yards or more of any PDI (Precision Dye Injected) carpeting styles are ordered.

Resilient Tile

Also included in the program is Secoya and Bolder enhanced resilient tile (ERT) from the Hot & Heavy collection. When customers specify 1,000 square feet or more of these eligible hard surface products, Durkan will donate 10 cents per square foot sold. Since 2001, Mohawk Industries programs like Specify for a Cure have collectively contributed more than $5.5 million to Susan G. Komen on behalf of customers and employees.

To learn more about the Specify for a Cure program, please visit

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Adrian Schley has been writing for interiors+sources magazine since March of 2018. She earned her BA in journalism at the University of Iowa, where she also studied English.