• Cecile Corral

Designer malene b. Launches Company and Website

Custom handmade carpet designer malene b., whose work centers on themes found in nature as well as on global cultures and art, has launched her own company and accompanying website — www.maleneb.com.

She also recently appointed longtime soft floor covering industry veteran Gary Shafran as executive vice president.

For more than a decade, malene b. has created carpets for industry professionals and private-label brand collections.

Based here, she describes herself as an "African-American carpet designer with a multi-disciplinary background in textile arts, painting and illustration."

malene b. said her carpets are inspired by her travels worldwide and are based on her interpretations of cultural icons, landscapes ad rituals she has witnessed. Because she is socially conscious, she is an active member and supporter of the RugMark and Aid to Artisans organizations against child labor practices.

Three of the first collections are set to debut at the Hospitality Design Boutique Show from Sept. 14 to 15 at the Miami Convention Center at booth, No. 849.

Her new company is focused on servicing the hospitality industry. Her specialty product offerings include Tibetan hand-knotted wool, New Zealand hand-tufted wool, and Soumak wool constructions. Wool-and-silk blends are also among her line's highlights.

In addition, she incorporates three-dimensional hand-sculpting techniques to her pieces for more textured looks.

malene b. carpets can be custom ordered in any size or shape. Yarns may be custom dyed upon request.

Cecile CorralCecile Corral | Senior Product Editor, Home & Textiles Today

Cecile B. Corral has been a product editor with Home Textiles Today since late 2000. She covers the area and accent rug, kitchen textiles, table linens, beach towels, decorative bath and decorative pillow categories, as well as some retail subjects.

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