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Inventive in the Details – Introducing Decorative Cords

Our new decorative cord collection adds a touch of color and texture to fabric bindings

In December when the Wall Street Journal listed its Top 5 Interior Design Trends, our design team already had a development up their sleeve that was over a year in the making: a new take on old world ornamentation of fringe, cording, and tassels.

We custom sized a linen mélange twisted cord specifically for rugs to satisfy our obsessive attention to detail. These cords, in an array of hues, are the perfect touch to add a dash of texture or a pop of color to tie in a color scheme.

Each of our sisal colorways is a blend of different colored fibers. Decorative Cords can pull out subtle hues in the sisal fibers that might not be noticed at first glance.

In sourcing these trims, we worked with trimming designer Jana Platina Phipps.  Her 20+ years of experience designing and selling trims to the fashion, furnishing, and design industries, as well as her close relationship with an Italian workshop, makes her uniquely qualified to collaborate on trims. She understands how the subtle addition of small, complimentary details can transform a room or a rug.

“What makes trims special is that they add a bespoke element to an interior that can dramatically contrast with ready-made details. They add ‘soul’ to decorating because the layering of colors and textures created with trimmings give a room a sense of provenance, and if a room is decorated well, it will reflect the quintessence of its owner.

The cording that Merida is introducing is exclusively made in a Northern Italian mill. The 90-year-old factory has a tradition of making trimmings that combine the art of engineering with luxury materials and handwork. These twisted cords, made of exquisite linen yarns, dyed in subtle, natural colors, are customized to fit the manufacturing process and design aesthetic of Merida. So, in addition to a handmade rug that speaks to your taste for fine things, you will have a small Italian story to add to your interior tale.”

Made in Italy. Hand sewn and finished in Fall River, USA.

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