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The Art of the Seam: 5 Crucial Tips for Rug Seaming and Installation

At Merida, we believe seams should be celebrated. Whether strategically hidden or prominently featured, we view each stitch as a symbol of our commitment to craftsmanship and our passion for details. When fit to a room by a master installer, or sewn in-house by our talented craftspeople, a seam will only enhance a rug, adding to its story. Service and Installation Director Bob Margies outlines 5 key factors to consider when spec’ing a seamed rug.

Bob Margies brings more than 25 years’ experience as a professional installer.  Having his talent and experience in-house means we can deliver an unparalleled level of service to our design partners — and the expertise their client projects demand and deserve.

Bob Margies Merida

Layout and seam location is absolutely the very first thing to consider when purchasing rugs for a project. There are a number of factors that can affect how much material needs to be ordered, which fiber would be the best choice, which direction to run a pattern in, and much more. Consulting a Merida Inside Sales Advisor and discussing our certified installer network at the beginning will clarify the installation options and help save money, time, and material.

5 key factors to consider when specing rugs for a project:

1. Embrace the Seam

Tonga Seamed Merida Rug

Tonga, with a less visible seam

Harris Visible Seam Rug Merida

Harris, with a more visible but still beautiful seam

Different rug types will seam more or less visibly than others depending on the weave structure or pattern. If a rug seams more visibly, sometimes it’s better to use the seam as a design element rather than trying to hide it. If a center seam would fall in front of a doorway, for example, it is best to instead go with a full center breadth with a balanced piece seamed on either side for a paneled look.


2. Understanding the Function of the Room

Cari Berg Merida Stars Heywood in Dark Gray

This landing seam was carefully planned out and crafted since it is on a pivot point.

Walking paths and pivot points experience wear with normal use. Having a seam in one of those areas to accomplish a look adds an extra element that could potentially cause premature wear. Discussing the layout of the room beforehand lets us keep your vision in mind and plan for any accent seams.


3. Plan for Light Sources

Merida Antwerp Sisal
Light falling across a rug highlights the texture. If window light hits a seam more directly it can cause visibility issues.

If a seam is required, understanding where the natural light sources are in a room can tremendously aid an Inside Sales Advisor in selecting and discussing seam location with the designer. Avoiding placing a seam in a large open area exposed to sunlight will help hide the seam. If a seam must be in direct sunlight, it is preferable to have the light fall with the seam rather than across it.

4. Use Furniture and Accessories to Your Advantage

Merida Shriva Seamed Rug

 Knowing the location of furniture will enable the Inside Sales Advisor and designer to focus on those areas as possible seam locations. Behind or under sofas, near a back wall and under a bed are all ideal locations for a seam. Layering antique or accent rugs on top of larger rugs or wall-to-wall installations can help cover and protect seams as well.

5. Pattern Direction

Merida Stratum Sisal

Furniture placement and pattern direction are crucial for planning a seam

Pattern direction should always be taken into consideration when deciding the location of a seam. If the carpet is pattern specific, meaning the designer desires to view the carpet a certain way when they enter the room, the Inside Sales Advisor and installer will have to utilize all other aspects of seam consideration to accommodate his or her vision.


I can’t stress enough the advantages of including us at the beginning of a project. With our obsessive attention to detail we can help you realize your design vision and expand your idea of what’s possible with rugs.

Merida Bora Bora Seaming



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