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Publication Date: 2014-02-19


​Design Challenge: 3 Designers take on Artful Design and Rug Installation

How a rug is installed can make or break a design as much as any other major element. A rug is often the foundation of a space, and creating this foundation often requires inspired design paired with artful installation techniques. Three designers demonstrate mastery in this area in recent projects using Merida premium rugs.


1. Stairs

M. Frederick Interiors turned a drab New Jersey estate into a bright, fresh living space, and used Broadway sisal on the main staircase.

On stairs, Broadway’s pattern becomes dynamic, changing as it curves and folds. “I think there is something great about the sisal Broadway pattern and the Tupelo colorway," says Matthew regarding the rug's versatility. "It is at the same time so classic and so refined and so simple in the way it adds depth and has a really great presence in a space, but its also simultaneously very transitional, very clean, very fresh, and very current. It’s a product that works as well in an Upper East Side residence as it does in a California beach house or a transitional space in Brentwood.” Matthew adds, “I look for vendors who are similarly aligned, that want to support the value of the professional design trade, that offer custom capabilities, and they can do it in a reasonable time and on a reasonable budget.”

2. Seaming

Designing for the 2013 Westchester Showhouse benefitting Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Ken Gemes of Ken Gemes Interiors was inspired by the historic architecture of this 1915 mansion. A design challenge he faced was to come up with a rug large enough to cover the space. Ken used a seamed Stratum rug for this project. Ken was immediately drawn to the living room not only for its grandeur, but also its function as a social gathering place. 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.

“One of the biggest challenges of the room," says Ken, "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. So when we selected a 33 foot wide by 18 foot long seamed 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.”

3. Shapes & Cutouts
Creating a master bedroom for The Hampton Designer Showhouse 2013, Celerie Kemble blended styles and colors to beautiful effect, including with the rugs she chose to use.

“We chose the most feminine and classic," says Celerie about her choices of floor coverings, "a patterned woven sisal called Nasturtium Weave — to speak to the warmth, the organic beauty, and the traditional elements in the room. The ability to 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.” A design challenge with this space was to create two rugs that worked together yet stood our from one another. Using a bright, circular Catalyst rug for the sun-lit seating area, she had to use a subtler sisal with a number of cut-outs to fill the rest of the space. Her Nasturtium Weave rug was finished on site with fireplace and half hexagon cut-outs.


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