Mar 16

5 Ways to Style a Staircase with Wool Rugs

When scheming a project, the staircase may not be top of mind as an area to get creative. At Merida, we think there are endless opportunities to make a staircase shine with a well thought out runner expertly installed. Here are five ways to use a wool stair runner to make a statement.

1. Custom details specific to a staircase

Merida Runner with Harris and Heywood custom patterning

Detail of a Merida stair runner.

Custom Merida wool runner

Choose or customize a rug with details that compliment the staircase form and shape. A little detail goes a long way, as can be seen in this custom Harris wool rug with an edge detail derived from our Heywood pattern. From a beautiful install by Leblanc Design.

2. Add some flavor with a seam

Merida Heywood Runner

Heywood Stairs with custom seam

Detail of a Merida custom seamed runner

If you have a staircase that you know won’t be seeing a high amount of traffic—from a large family or frequent customer visits—you can get creative with an accent seam. Cari Berg adds visual interest to a landing with hand-sewn diagonal seam and the joining of two patterns. This also allows the horizontal line pattern of Heywood to match on each set of these stairs despite a 90 degree turn.

3. Use a balanced pattern for going around corners

Merida Diamant Stair runner

Merida Diamant Stair runner

Another option for dealing with corners in a stair runner is to choose a rug with a balanced pattern. This means that when the pattern is turned 90 degrees for the second set of stairs, the change in pattern is not jarring or distracting. A balanced pattern is a straightforward option that looks good in any situation. Atsu Gunther used our Diamant pattern for this runner.

4. Don’t be afraid of curves and turns

Merida Serai stair runner

Some of the most striking staircases will curve, bend, or widen as they descend requiring the rug to do the same. A trusted, experienced installer will jump at the challenge and use the unique characteristics of a staircase to enhance the beauty of the installation. Our Service and Installation Director Bob Margies personally vets our network of installers to make sure every install meets our standards. Joe Lucas of Lucas Studio used a Serai Natural wool runner on this curved staircase.

5. Unique details can add a sartorial touch

Flint runner Merida

Custom Flint wool runner Merida

With jacquard-woven wool rugs, custom details such as an asymmetrical design can set a stair runner apart. Tailoring a runner for a specific space can take a staircase from a simple transition element to a feature all its own. For this runner, our design team redrew one of our Tailormade patterns to create the asymmetrical effect. The flexibility of the jacquard allowed us to weave the runner in one solid piece for Leblanc Design.

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Feb 16

Collaborations and Collections in 2016

Merida expands portfolio with 4 collections for 2016, featuring luxurious yarns, handwoven rugs, and new designer collaborations

Collaborations with Ashe+Leandro and Mark D Sikes showcase inventive techniques and design possibilities

Merida, a leading textile producer with design and manufacturing facilities in Fall River, Massachusetts, announces four new collections for 2016, starting with two designer capsule collections created in collaboration with Merida’s in-house design team. These new offerings will expand Merida’s handwoven and tufted categories, and introduce alpaca, merino, and mohair wools to the company’s growing portfolio.

Merida’s Creative Director Roxanne Hanna says all four collections, which have been two years in the making, open up an underserved space in the market for modern rugs that capture the essence of traditional weaving techniques. “They showcase Merida’s unique ability to identify and connect the best materials, techniques, and ideas – from our in-house design team to our collaborators and our weaving partners around the globe – to invent something that hasn’t been seen before.”


Starting in March 2016, Merida will launch the first of two designer collaborations, with New York based designer/architect duo, Ashe+Leandro ( The capsule collection will feature handwoven sisal and suede rugs, inspired by nomadic Tuareg (TWAH-REG) design motifs. Co-developed with Merida’s Fall River-based design team, the rugs will be woven in Brazil, and available in five designs and multiple colorways.


A second collaboration will follow in May, with LA-based interior/fashion designer Mark D Sikes ( The collection will feature wool dhurries and sisal blend area rugs, all handwoven by Merida’s weaving partners in India & Brazil, with 20 SKU’s with the option of custom coloring.


When asked why she chose to work with these designers in particular, Ms. Hanna says that, in addition to their talents and openness to sharing ideas, each brought something that she knew would complement Merida’s design vision in categories she wanted to revitalize. “I love Tuareg rugs and saw that Ashe+Leandro were using them in their design projects,” says Ms. Hanna.“Ariel [Ashe] asked if we could translate and modernize a vintage version to control size and color for a specific project. Our partner in Brazil was so excited by the challenge they wove several samples and before we knew it, a collaboration was born.”

Mark D Sikes has been collecting vintage dhurries for years and incorporates them into his projects. “We have always wanted to add handwoven wool dhurries to our portfolio,” says Ms.Hanna. “Collaborating with Mark provides us with a collection that is crisp, classic, and all-American. The collection will also incorporate a selection of handwoven sisal rugs designed to complement the dhurries, for a layered look that Mark is known for.”

In addition to these designer collaborations, Merida will launch two new collections in the summer and fall. The first collection is a luxurious tufted rug program that utilizes alpaca and merino wool, with designs inspired by watercolor painting.

On the heels of this will come a new collection that features mohair and undyed wools, inspired by Mediterranean design motifs. This collection will highlight the softness of mohair while combining complex weaving techniques.

Ms. Hanna says she is excited to introduce new fibers like alpaca and mohair into Merida’s portfolio. “Both fibers add softness, depth, and luxury, and help elevate the flatweave and tufted categories.”

“We are thrilled to be introducing these four new collections,” says Catherine Connolly, Merida’s CEO and Owner. “I believe they will provide designers with fresh takes on timeless rugs, such as dhurries, and bring innovation to the handwoven and flatweave categories. We look forward to working with designers to bring these beautiful new rugs into their projects.”

Merida's Creative Team


Feb 16

It’s in the Mix: New Sisal Colors

We’re proud to present unique and refined new colors of four of our best selling sisals and sisal blends, expertly mixed and dyed in the 12-step spinning process pioneered by our Belgian mill. As with our entire portfolio of Belgian sisals, these new colors have the unparalleled brightness and sheen characteristic of highest grade fibers. We only use the best fibers and take our time with color mixing so that every colorway meets our standard for quality, versatility, and depth.

Colorways “Snow” and “Autumn Light” were fine-tuned in a collaborative process that took over a year and many color mix iterations. “Snow” is a blushier take on light silver and white, while “Autumn Light” has the subtle warm glow of straw. Other hues include a cooler gray, a rich bronze, and two textural wool & sisal mixes.

Whether as a striking stair runner or a foundational layer in the expression of a scheme, these new sisals and sisal blends have the versatility, quality, and restraint to be reliable go-to options time and again.

Madagascar in Autumn Light

Agave Superior in Autumn Light

A bit of the inspiration for "Autumn Light." From Creative Director Roxanne Hanna, @MeridaStudio on Instagram.

Cortina in Avalanche

Broadway in Snow

Madagascar in Snow

Agave Superior in Storm Cloud

Cortina in Mineral

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Dec 15

A Letter from CEO Catherine Connolly

As we head towards 2016 I thought I would take a moment to share some highlights from our past year and our ideas for the year ahead.  For us, 2015 was focused on expressing our design point of view through our Fall River design-manufacturing lens.  Our team introduced two new collections, Crosspoint and Tissage, that combined innovative weaving constructions and unique hand-finishing techniques with heritage looms. The market response to both of these collections has been remarkable. The other major highlight of our year has been the opening of our new boutique showroom space within Harbinger by Hand in the La Cienega Design Quarter in LA.  We have long admired Joe Lucas for his talent, generosity of spirit and vision with Harbinger, and are thrilled to partner with him. We launched the Merida boutique at Harbinger in October.

In 2016 we plan to build on the work we have been doing to hone our craftsmanship and design expertise by focusing intently on our relationships.  We realize that a huge part of our ability to succeed as a textile manufacturer in Massachusetts depends on the depth of our relationships from our partners to our clients.  We know that deep connections yield substantive value for all involved.  This value creation in turn elevates the work that all of us do in the design industry. You will see us really focusing our energy on these key relationships in the year ahead.

We have a stunning line-up of new products in the works that our Creative Director Roxanne Hanna and her team have been working on for more than 18 months, including two designer capsule collections and two new collections from our Fall River mill.  We can’t wait to introduce all of these collections to the design community.

The most important message I would like to convey to you is gratitude.  We all feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such extraordinarily talented designers.  We watch in awe as you gracefully juggle the demands of running a business and creating incredible projects.  The world is definitely a more beautiful place due to the work you do and we are grateful to be a part of this important work.

I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year and sharing a conversation, a meal, a glass of wine or hopefully all of the above.

Warmest wishes for a year filled with good health, great joy and tremendous success.