About half of the rugs I install for clients are custom, which really allows us to hone in on the color, style, construction, texture, and pattern of the piece.
I love custom rugs. About half of the rugs I install for clients are custom, which really allows us to hone in on the color, style, construction, texture, and pattern of the piece. If I see a rug that I feel isn’t quite right for a client, I can adjust the color or keep the pattern but change the construction. The beauty of a custom design is that we can design a rug around a particular room.
Sometimes I will see a big rug that’s perfect for a client but needs to be tailored down to fit a space. Or, I’ll really like the border of a rug so will keep that element but leave the rest of the piece open.
When designing a custom rug, you have to aware of geometry and how the pattern will lay out over the entire surface of the finished rug. You also have to take into consideration the amount of traffic a rug will endure. For family room, I would create a hand tufted, completely indestructible wool rug. Another rug might consist of linen and silk with a traditional sumac construction and an integrated weave of high and low pile. A custom design results in a rug designed to look, and live, perfectly in a space.
I recently met with a Merida sales rep and became even more impressed with what they have to offer.
Merida area rugs are a great product that have been around for a while. They’re a solid choice for using sisal flooring and I’ve long been a fan of their sea grass carpet (even on walls!). I recently met with a Merida sales rep and became even more impressed with what they have to offer.
Founded in 1978, Merida is committed to providing a beautiful, quality product while practicing sustainable methods and partnering with suppliers and manufacturers who share their responsible priorities. Their headquarters are in Boston, and while some of their products are made with fibers from around the world, many of their rugs are woven at a mill in Fall River, MA. Their products are known for being as durable as they are attractive.
Merida’s rugs are also customizable, which is something I learned when meeting with their sales representative. Considering their reasonable price point, the level of customization is truly impressive. Being able to make this kind of product entirely your own is a fact I really like. The simple, natural colors and designs of many of the rugs give them all kinds of decorating possibilities.
Also exciting is Merida’s recent partnership with designer Celerie Kemble. Her rug designs are so vibrant. Many of them have just the right jolt of color or a very graphic pattern. This collection “has everything from colorful flat-woven and tufted wools, intricately woven designs of sisals, chunky alpacas and textural jute.” My personal favorite is the Catalyst line, a chevron pattern available in six different color palettes.
Here in the Greenwich area, I’d suggest going through Turabian and Sariyan for Merida products. If you aren’t in Connecticut, Merida’s website includes a search feature for finding showrooms in your area. You can also find Merida on Facebook and Pinterest or follow their Blog.