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Textiles: malene b Carpets Inspired by Global Travel and Cultures

malene b [Africa Inspired]

malene b - Wolof

[Image credit: Wolof: Signature Collection – malene b]

I have a love/hate relationship with carpets; love carpets but am such a stickler when it comes to shoes on carpets and cannot bear the thought of people coming in from outside and trampling dirt all over them… I hear you laugh but I get completely stressed out… is that irrational or what??? My previous home had vanilla ice cream coloured carpets and no one; and I mean no one wore shoes on them! So I can only imagine how high my stress levels would shoot up to if I owned one of malene b’s exquisite carpets…

They are truly gorgeous and if you are a follower of blogs on African inspired creativity you will no doubt have come across the Wolof design which has proved a favourite with many writers out there.  Summed up in the opening lines on the intro page, Malene Barnett the designer behind the eponymous label, describes herself as ‘one who brings a cultural perspective to each design through a narrative from her world travels’. Based in Brooklyn, New York malene b’s designs span the globe delving into the ancient cultures that have left their mark on her and I am truly amazed at the detail in the textures and construction; and how a simple carpet can capture the spirit and essence of a place perfectly. 


[Image credit: Cowrie, Masks, Adinkra, Marrakech and Market Women: Classics Collection – malene b]

Having worked with industry professionals and private label brands for over a decade, malene b’s carpets grace residential, commercial and hospitality environments; and are custom-designed to suit your specific project requirements, then handmade by artisans in Nepal, Thailand and India. Taking around 12-16 weeks for hand-knotted and 8-12 weeks for hand-tufted, the carpets are constructed out of materials such as: Tibetan Wool, New Zealand Wool, Pashmina Wool, Chinese Silk, Mohair, Banana Fiber, Hemp, Nettle and Bamboo Silk. A socially conscious company malene b is a member of the Goodweave Foundation and supports Aid to Artisans.

malene b Timbuktu

[Image credit: Timbuktu: Signature Collection – malene b]

Although custom made, if you do want to buy one immediately an exclusive collection is available at allmodern and do check out the website for designs inspired by India, the Caribbean, Thailand, Tahiti and Aboriginal culture. 

…truly culturally inspired creations.

Additional details:
The exclusive collection on allmodern is priced from: USD$645

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