Award-winning designer Christiane Lemieux and floor covering manufacturer, Momeni Inc. announced the debut of their partnership. The line will be presented at fall market in High Point, NC, Oct. 19-23, 2019.
Lemieux et Cie, the namesake design house created by Lemieux, is bringing her astute style to area rugs. The opening line features Lemieux’s distinctive aesthetic — drawn largely upon influences from her design education and travels — including Coptic textiles, Moroccan Tuareg mats and Berber rugs, and the Nui shibori (a stitched shibori technique).
"We are so excited to partner with the incredible team at Momeni to bring my namesake brand to rugs in the U.S.," Lemieux says. "Their ability to translate our archive of design and to help execute on a decade of design was unparalleled. With their long and rich history in the rug world and their commitment to craft and quality, the talented and dedicated Momeni team brought our vision to life with a truly beautiful and very personal collection.”
Nine distinct qualities and collections make up the line ranging in price point from $399 to $2,399 for an 8-by-10. Each piece is handmade from natural materials such as leather and jute in the Tugart collection and undyed wool in the Rafalla collection. Momeni Design Director Katy Repetto says, “The entire line is an exposure to many cultures and techniques connected by a common thread. The dusty palette and indigenous-inspired qualities restore and honor the human hand.”
As the fourth licensed line to be launched by Momeni, the Lemieux et Cie collection “… design is a result of countless experimental techniques with the goal of conceptualizing a way to curate the globally-sourced craftsmanship, in an authentic and cohesive line. The result is a line with mood that evokes authenticity through craftsmanship and part of the value is not only a beautiful rug, but a sense of historical reference and technique,” says Reza Momeni, President of Momeni.
Created specifically to be sold through brick-and-mortar retailers, the inaugural line will be made available to consumers in the first quarter of 2020 through individual retailers and furniture stores.
Momeni will host a panel and launch party, featuring Lemieux, Sunday, Oct. 20 from 3-5 p.m. at the Momeni showroom located in IHFC H-345. Further details to follow.
In addition to the Momeni showroom, select designs will be shown in the Sherrill Furniture Showroom at Sheraton Place in High Point.