Aug 13

Celerie Kemble in Hampton Designer Showhouse 2013

Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors had the unique opportunity to furnish a room with her own product lines for this year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse. The eclectic décor is a testament not only to Celerie’s product development and design talents, but also to her ability to mix styles, materials, ideas and colors to harmonious, beautiful effect. Blending warm and cool grays, creamy whites, and splashes of blue, pink, and gold, Celerie created a master bedroom with incredible warmth despite its cool overall tone. In Celerie’s words:

“With our bedroom in The 2013 Hampton Designer Show House, we aspired to achieve balance between materials and furniture styles that felt natural, cozy, and casual and decorative elements that felt more sculptural and glamorous. Also, balance between colors that were vivid, cool, and energetic and those that were more tempered, warm and restful.”

Hampton Showhouse by celerie whole room

Hampton Designer Showhouse by Celerie Kemble

Merida created two unique rugs for this room, both featuring patterns co-created with Celerie. The first was a large cut of Nasturtium Weave sisal in Fog, with several shapes cut out of it.  One side featured a concave half hexagon shape designed to skirt around the edge of the sun-lit seating area. The other was a large fireplace cut-out.

Hampton Showhouse by Celerie, Both rugs shown

Celerie remarked on her choices of floorcoverings for the room: “With our selection of two Merida rugs, we chose the most feminine and classic — a patterned woven sisal called Nasturtium Weave — to speak to the warmth, the organic beauty, and the traditional  elements in the room while in our sun room a round, custom colored flame stitched Catalyst almost dances underfoot and completely enlivens the seating area.  The ability to match our fabric colors in Catalyst, to seam invisibly to achieve our large round circle, and to and bind our sisal in a Metallic Linen Binding, a material that mimicked the texture of our deep charcoal Grasscloth Wallpaper, made our whole room come together.”

Hampton Showhouse by Celerie kemble, fireplace cutout

Woven in Belgium of the highest-quality sisal, Nasturtium Weave features a rhythmic, organic pattern inspired by the medallion-shaped silhouette of the Nasturtium flower. Nasturtium Weave is one of our almost 90 products that ship in 2-4 weeks.

Nasturtium weave fog sisal rug

Hampton Showhouse by Celerie, Nasturtium sisal

The second floorcovering was a custom-colored Catalyst wool and linen circular, flat-woven rug. Custom-created to rest in the beautiful sun-lit seating area in the corner of the master suite, the rug pulls together the white furniture, gray walls, and floor.

Hampton Showhouse Celerie Catalyst Close-up

Because our loom has a maximum width of 10’ 3” for Catalyst, we seamed two pieces together to create the 11’ 6” diameter that Celerie needed. Woven and finished in our Fall River, Massachusetts mill, this particular Catalyst design subtly mixes gold-browns and slate grays to match perfectly with its setting.

Be sure to stop by The Hampton Designer Showhouse, presented by Traditional Home and benefiting Southampton Hospital, open through September 2nd. This year it is located at 990 Brick Kiln Road, Bridgehampton, New York.

For more information on any of these rugs or our quick ship offering, please call us at 800-345-2200, or email

Big thank you to The Carpetman of Southampton for creating all of the custom shapes of the Nasturtium Weave sisal to specification and finishing onsite.

All photography by Marco Ricca.

Jul 13

Quick Ship Portfolio

Introducing Merida’s new Quick Ship portfolio of textile designs, available to ship in just 2-4 weeks. Each rug can be individually cut to custom size and your chosen edge finishing (12 unique finishing materials in over 170 colors), is applied in our Fall River, Massachusetts mill. See Merida’s full portfolio of over 85 designs that ship in 2-4 weeks.

We have 18 new Quick Ship products, including Jute, Belgian sisal, Belgian sisal and wool blends, and a wool and linen design woven in-house in our Massachusetts mill.

Some of our new Quick Ship Designs:

Bleecker Platinum wool and sisal

Bleecker, Platinum

Bleecker Platinum 6' by 9' shown

Bleecker, Platinum, 6' by 9' shown.


Stratum, Glacier

stratum glacier full

Stratum, Glacier, 6' by 9' shown.

Tweed barley

Tweed, Barley

Nasturtium-Weave-Fog sisal

Nasturtium Weave, Fog.

nasturtium weave in 6 feet

Nasturtium Weave 6' by 9' shown.

cocoon bell jute celerie

Cocoon, Bell, Celerie Kemble by Merida

Thatch is our quickest-shipping made in the USA product, and is brand-new. Two stock colors ship in 4 weeks. In 6 weeks you can custom color from our extensive yarn library.

thatch straw linen wool made in usa

Thatch, Straw.

thatch reed wool linen made in usa woven

Thatch, Reed.

All of our products are either constructed or finished (or both) in our Fall River mill. Each rug receives a craftsman’s touch, no matter how quickly it ships.

In addition to the newest Quick Ship options, we have a full portfolio of 80+ total designs that ship in under 2 weeks. Additional designs ship between 6-8 weeks, and are woven here in the USA.

Call 800-345-2200 or visit our online portfolio for more info.

Jun 13

We’re Moving!

On July 1st we will be in our new space in the Boston Design Center, suite 714.

Boston design center

Preparation is well underway with July only a few days away. Last week our craftsmen installed Luxe Silver Topaz sisal in the studio, with several seams and columns to work around.

seaming preparation in the design center space.

Seaming beginning.


seaming progress

Seaming progress

Look for us in the Boston Design Center starting July 1st! Production has moved completely to Fall River, Massachusetts.

As always, call us at 800-345-2200 for additional information.


May 13

The Art of Customization, with Tim Campbell & Malcolm Kutner (Part 1)

Merida CEO Catherine Connolly led a discussion with interior designers Tim Campbell and Malcom James Kutner about the art of customization in interior design at Legends LCDQ LA in May 2013. Tim and Malcolm each shared a wealth of knowledge about customizing and the value it brings to clients. They reflected that customization adds value not only in the quality of craftsmanship and the story behind an object, but also in creating something unique for a specific client. This event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with designers and share ideas. We began the event by hanging customized rugs created in collaboration with interior designers, and continued with this enriching talk.

Check out the video below to see Tim and Malcolm answer the question, “How do you think of customization? What is it’s role in your practice?”

What does customization mean to you?

To learn more about customizing with us, give us a call at 800-345-2200.