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.

May 13

Ken Gemes in the Westchester Showhouse

How do you transform a huge 1915 marble floored, and heavily curtained living room into a bright, warm, and elegant family social space? Just ask Ken Gemes of Ken Gemes Interiors. From the moment he saw the ornate living space in this historic 1915 mansion, Ken “could immediately see how [he] would do it.”

Designing for the 2013 Westchester Showhouse benefitting Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Ken was inspired by the historic architecture of the home. “The detail in the room is incredible. I didn’t want to ignore the intricacy of the plaster moldings in the ceiling and on the walls, but at the same time I didn’t want the room to feel dated and old. The challenge was the balance; to make the room feel young, hip, and inviting, but still have a historic feeling as well.”

overview ken gemes room

Ken was immediately drawn to the living room not only for its grandeur, but also its function as a social gathering space. Designing with this aspect of a home’s functionality in mind, Ken creates spaces that are both open and warm, and invite people to gather in groups.

“My biggest objective was to take a grand room, and show how it could serve as a young family’s living room. I wanted it to have three separate areas that people actually would use.”

ken gemes stratum sisal window chairs

“One of the biggest challenges of the room was how to transform that enormous white marble floor into something that was going to be more livable and inviting and make the room cozier. The floor itself was magnificent but it was very cold and overwhelming.

warm seating area ken gemes sisal

“When I explained the space to Roxanne, Merida’s Director of Business Development, she said ‘We have a new material that is a herringbone sisal, and we can seam it, we can give you whatever size you want.’ So when we ended up with a 33 foot wide by 18 foot long Stratum rug, it pretty much solved all of our problems. Merida rugs for me are like working with a natural material–it’s almost like a wood. You’re layering in texture and you have this beautiful backdrop but it’s not an attention getting thing, it’s one of the elements that tend to make everything sing or work together.”

sisal stratum closeup grey

When interior designers work on a showhouse, there may be a temptation to pay less attention to the usability of the space. Ken, however, works in such a way that social interactions are always at forefront of his design ideas. This allowed him to create a warm living space while also creating a stunning design that defines his aesthetic.

The Westchester Showhouse is open until June 9th, and located at 2 Cooper Road in Scarsdale NY. Stop by and check out Ken’s fantastic work and the rest of this exciting showhouse.

To quote & order Stratum, log in to our Customer Center or call us at 800-345-2200