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Beauty in the Seam: A Boston Designer Rethinks Possibilities

When a Boston-based family wanted to bring fresh vitality to their space, they turned to Liz Caan. Liz is a long-time Merida client with a confident eye for integrating texture and color to create beautiful interiors. We were excited to collaborate with her to create a custom rug that showcased our textile expertise and her eye for detail in an inventive way.

For this project, Liz, who is familiar with our custom seaming and handwork, wanted to play with the look of a visible seam. She believes, “exposed seams are a nice way to show that things have been handcrafted of materials with restrictions.” After she brainstormed concepts with one of our sales experts, our design team created a custom rug that not only reveals the seam, but integrates it into the design to create a rug that is truly unique. 

The Starting Point

After looking at several samples to find the optimal pattern, Liz chose a Merida Rift rug in a neutral colorway that would complement the bolder colors she envisioned for the living room. This was just the starting point. To make it work, the design team had to consider how the striped pattern of the rug would join at the seam, and how the furniture in the finished space would interact with the visible seams. For proof of concept, they created a rendering in which the stripes of the Rift pattern met in a kaleidoscope pattern. With the design approved, our production team was ready to weave the five sections that would be seamed together to achieve the desired look.

“ Merida is wonderful in this way. They managed the entire process,
saving me time and giving me piece of mind.” – Liz Caan

A One-of-a-Kind Result

On the jacquard loom, the Rift pattern was woven to the specifications detailed by our design and installation team. Production then backed and cut the rug and seamed it back together in the mitered design. As with all Merida rugs, the specifications of the rug were created with a focus on creating the least amount of waste when cutting to spec.

The final result is a one-of-a-kind rug and a true design collaboration. As Liz says, “I am so appreciative of the collaborative nature of Merida. They always come from a place of ‘YES!’” At Merida, a design challenge like this is an opportunity for us to put the full extent of our expertise to work for our clients.  What’s your design challenge?





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