Kalaty is collaborating with Katie Merz, renowned Brooklyn-born-and-based mural artist, to produce what the company states will be a growing series of area rug collections based on her dynamic, innovative artwork, which offers consumers a new way of bringing art into their homes and onto their floors.
“Kalaty is especially pleased to be collaborating on this new rug series with Katie Merz, an artist whose creativity and talent are both unique and boundless. We are honored to be associated with her and to have the opportunity to interpret Katie’s original artwork into a series of truly unique artist-designed rugs,” said Ariel Kalaty, a company spokesman.
Katie Merz is the daughter of pioneering architects, a passionate lifelong Brooklyn resident as well as an award-winning artist and professor of drawing at the renowned Cooper Union School of Fine Art. Best known for her contemporary large-scale murals on building exteriors and in public spaces, Merz’s works are found in such diverse locations as New York City, Mexico City, Denver, Austin, Texas, other smaller urban neighborhoods and most recently in a new urban development in Charlotte, N.C.
Merz’s dynamic studio ink-and-watercolor works on paper are the inspiration for artwrks and colorwrks, the first collections in the katie merz x Kalaty series, which are making their debut at the spring High Point Market. Kalaty soon will unveil additional collections that will be derived from Katie’s acclaimed freehand glyph-art exterior and interior murals for which the artist attributes her influences as “Brooklyn, cartoons, architecture, silence and the kinetic structure of things.”
The artwrks collection is power-loomed using a combination of easy-to-care-for polyester and polypropylene yarns, and each rug in this collection features a distinctive high-low textural weave that adds further dimension to both the pattern and background.
Colorwrks is also power-loomed of long-wearing, easy-to-clean and easy-to-maintain 100% polypropylene yarns.
In addition to her line of area rugs with Kalaty, Merz’s work is licensed to apparel companies as well as to such home décor and furnishings specialists as John Richards for framed art, Brewster Home Fashions for wall coverings and Design Styles Home for a variety of tabletop products, accessories and homewares.
Kalaty’s High Point showroom locations is in the IHFC G-369. For dealers and designers not attending in-person markets, the company offers by-appointment virtual showroom tours.