Today's Designer Highlight is on Malene Barnett of Malene b Carpets. Malene is a Brooklyn based carpet designer with a multi-disciplinary background in textile arts, painting and illustration and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textile Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. For more than a decade, she has created carpets for industry professionals and private label brands such as Nicole Miller, Martha Stewart, Nautica, Liz Claiborne, Nate Berkus and others. She launched her first collection at the Boutique Design NY Trade Show in 2009.
Malene's designs are inspired by international travels, rituals and landscapes conveyed in her own fresh and personal way. Her passion for all things cultural stems from world travels to places like Dakar, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur, as well as her own African-Caribbean heritage. Each carpet is made from 100% natural materials such as wool, silk, and hemp and available in hand-knotted, hand-tufted or broadloom options. Malene specializes in creating custom handmade carpets perfectly suited for any residential, commercial or hospitality project. She works directly with artisans in Nepal, Thailand and India who carefully craft each carpet to a specific size, shape or color scheme.
The collections in Malene b carpets are known by travel related themes such as Transitions, Native, and Heirloom, with carpets dubbed Murano, Kyoto, Calabash, Marrakesh and St. Vincent. Some of my favorite designs are:
Malene b carpets are available through interior designers and architects and select showrooms throughout the US and Canada. Click here for more information on Malene and Malene b Carpets.
Keep up the great work, girlfriend...
Peace and Blessings,