PLAY BALL! (or tennis or golf or go cycling…) With outdoor sports and the Paris Olympics on millions of minds around the world this summer, it is no accident that Kalaty also has sports in mind as the company brings exciting new additions to its highly energetic artist-designed SPORTSGLYPHS rug collection at the summer Las Vegas market. 

The initial SPORTSGLYPHS collection debuted in 2023 with three popular themes—basketball, baseball and soccer—each depicted by Katie Merz’s distinctive free-hand glyph-art interpretations. Four new themes will be unveiled in Vegas—football, tennis, cycling and golf. With their broad appeal for sports lovers of all ages, these delightful rugs are available in a range of sizes and trendy colorways.

SPORTSGLYPHS will be on display at the Kalaty Las Vegas showroom, WMC, B455 along with an impressive array of the company’s newest artisanal heirloom rugs and collections. Merz, the creative genius behind SPORTSGLYPHS and several other Kalaty rug collections, will also be on hand to demonstrate her unique glyph art for Kalaty customers in casual meet-and-greet fashion during the show.

“We are especially pleased to introduce the latest SPORTSGLYPHS rugs with Katie Merz, an artist whose creativity is both unique and boundless,” says Ariel Kalaty, a company spokesman. “It is a rarity to be able to work with such an extraordinary talent, and we are honored to have the opportunity to interpret her work into this growing series of artist-designed rugs. Katie’s rug designs draw a wide audience, not just for fans of her popular artwork, but also for people who are looking for something truly unique for their homes and floors.”

SPORTSGLYPHS by urban mural artist Katie Merz is a delightful rug collection that depicts her highly distinctive glyph-art style featuring her spontaneous and wildly oriented hieroglyphs densely sandwiched together to illustrate the various images, icons, actions, language, energy and essence of each sport in the collection. All sportsglyphs rugs are power-loomed using 100-percent polyester yarns.

SPORTSGLYPHS collection designs SY1267 Cycling (top), SY1268 Tennis (center), and SY1271 Golf (right). Roomsetting: SY1270 Football.

The daughter of pioneering architects, Katie Merz is 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 urban building exteriors and in public spaces, Katie’s works are found in such diverse locations as New York City, Denver, CO, Austin, TX, Mexico City, Lisbon (Portugal), as well as in smaller urban locations. Her spontaneous murals depict local themes and icons that most often relate to the history, architecture and culture of the location and echo traditional graffiti and friezes of classic public buildings. Katie’s iconic work in the glyph style also has been commissioned by such prestigious brands as Starbucks, Union Square Hospitality Group and Chelsea Piers Fitness, Facebook (Meta), and others. In addition to her line of area rugs with Kalaty, Merz’s work is licensed to home décor and furnishings specialists including fabric collections, framed art, wall coverings, kitchen and bath accessories, umbrellas, and more!­­­­


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