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Merida's New Colorful Rug Collection Is Inspired by Our Favorite Global Destinations
Merida, an all-natural rug company that graces the offices of Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Goop, and many other high-profile names, has just launched its latest collection, Portfolio, inspired by the Italian Renaissance, Ottoman Empire, and Artistic Director Sylvie Johnson's love for the region.
Johnson, who is currently based in Paris, is a self-taught weaver with masterworks that can be found in King Mohammed VI's Ozymandian Hotel in Morocco. She has spent the last week of January in Florence (one of her favorite cities in the world) for the last 13 years, which helped inspire the Portfolio collection. This latest line was influenced by many of the colors in Renaissance artwork, details in Italian architecture (like the Pitti Palace), and the everyday details of Mediterranean design.
This collection was made with rapidly replenishable materials like crimped wools, Belgian linen, and South African mohair and woven with a hand-stitched look that offers a bespoke, tailored aesthetic. You'll find an inside look into the inspiration behind this beautiful collection below.
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1) Constantine in Opal: Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
The Constantine rug honors Constantinople, the capital city of the Ottoman Empire (which is now Istanbul). Topkapi Palace is one of the top destinations for those visiting Istanbul, as it is full of beauty, history, and fabulous collections of art and housewares.
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2) Edirne in Grenat: Panoramic Pavillion in Edirne, Turkey
Erdine, Turkey, served as the capital city of the Ottoman Empire prior to Constantinople and is full of incredible architecture, design, and ruins. Erdine Palace is one of the top historic sites in the area, which served as a palace for Ottoman sultans.
The Erdine rug's color also holds historic significance, as Grenat is derived from the French word for pomegranate—grenate—which was a popular cultural and religious symbol for the empire.
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3) Cupolo in Opal: Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence
The name for Merida's Cupolo rug comes from cupola, the Italian word for a small, dome-like structure on top of a building. This style is found in much of the architecture designed during the Italian Renaissance and is depicted on the famous Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) in Florence.
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4) Osman in Verona: Bursa, Turkey
Osman was the leader of the Ottoman Empire and was thought to inspire the name of the empire that covered much of the Mediterranean and surrounding areas (along with this rug). Osman's tomb can be found in Bursa, Turkey, which inspired the colors and weave for the eponymous rug.
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5) Otto in Orchil: Visegrad Bridge, Bosnia
The Otto rug is short for Ottoman, whose architecture was famous for its arches and bridges. This rug was inspired by The Visegrad Bridge in Bosnia, which was designed by Mimar Sinan, one of the premier classical architects who engineered the Ottoman period and influenced the Italian Renaissance.
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