For interior design enthusiasts visiting or living in New York City, ABC Carpet & Home should be at or near the top of the shopping list. My first visit to the store’s Manhattan location at Broadway and 19th St. was a brief stop when I was in town for the ICFF show a few years ago. Even then I understood why ABC is the largest retailer of rugs and carpets in the world. The fantastic selection of rugs from every corner of the world is impressive enough, but throw in the luxurious showroom with mile-high ceilings and marble columns – not to mention friendly, knowledgeable salespeople – and you’ve really got an amazing experience.
My latest visit to ABC Carpet was last month with Merida’s Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Paul Rizzo. We were there to begin the process of re-designing Merida’s custom area rug boutique at ABC, and it was an exciting meeting. ABC’s Vice President, Larry Chiprut, was thrilled with our new Valente, Mandacaru and Paraiba sisal designs from Brazil, and we decided to use some of the Valente colors as wallcoverings to create a dramatic backdrop for the boutique, similar to the image above.
Merida’s Creative Director, Maegan Fee, has also been exploring some innovative new display units for the boutique that we’re excited to begin working on. Add to that a special area of the boutique to highlight our collection of rugs for the National Geographic Home Collection, and I think we’re going to be creating a lot of excitement in this already thrilling retail space.
Below are some photos I took of our current space at ABC. We can’t wait to reveal the new and improved boutique next month… you may not even recognize it!
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