Growing up in an Italian American neighborhood on the edge of New York City, it was hard not to immerse yourself in the people and the heritage that was Brooklyn in the 1980s. Two of eleven children, Kevin and John Merola spent their childhood popping around the neighborhood, working in the community, and returning home for Sunday dinners.
Like most Italian American Brooklynites, the Merola’s teemed with the kind of pride that is clearly born in New York. Good families, good neighbors and good people permeate life, and at its center, home.
As young men Kevin and John Merola entered the tile business in 1983, working in a small neighborhood shop. John Merola was captivated by the style and color of the tiles, able to pick up on trends that customers would appreciate, and Kevin had a way with people, service and cultivating sales.
That was the Merola brothers’ first venture into tile.
In 1988, Kevin launched his own company, growing his business through relationships with distributor customers and with a keen understanding of service. By 1989, John Merola joined his brother, and with an eye for trend and design that has gained him some notoriety, John expanded the businesses into big commerce, including the retail giant Home Depot.
Today, with over 20,000 customers and 650 distributors, and more than 500 employees, the Merola brothers bring the beauty of their tile design directly to your home. Now you can design with the full spectrum of styles, textures, shapes and patterns delivered to your neighborhood.
Merola is an Italian American story, one that celebrates people, design and the heart of our home, Rose Merola.
From our team at our headquarters and offices to the artisans around the world, Merola values our people. Creating a dynamic atmosphere where work, design and collaboration come together, Merola celebrates curiosity, innovations, ideas, and courtesy. Life is colorful, craft your spaces well.