Malene Barnett

Malene Barnett

Design Director/Principal at Malene B

Greater New York City Area

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Malene Barnett's Overview

  • Design Director /Principal at Malene B Custom Handmade Carpets
  • Design Director- Rugs at JLA Home
  • Senior Designer at Nourison
  • Chief Designer at Afritex

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Malene Barnett's Summary

Malene B Carpets celebrate patterns, people and places in our global community. Our distinct designs offer bold, textural and unique solutions to transform your space, adding beauty and creating a conversation.

Your journey can begin by selecting a design from our curated collection or we can start from a blank canvas to create a one of a kind carpet that will perfectly compliment your space in your choice of color size and material.

Using only the finest materials and traditional weaving techniques, our handcrafted carpets are brought to life by master weavers.

We invite you to explore our collections and consult with us on your next project. From boutique hotels to luxury residences and anywhere in between, our goal is to provide you with the perfect carpet.

Set the tone. Complete your story. Bring your vision to life.

Malene Barnett's Experience

Design Director /Principal

Malene B Custom Handmade Carpets

September 2008Present (6 years 1 month) Brooklyn, NY

• Founder and Chief Designer of Malene B
• Source manufacturers in Nepal, China, India and Thailand for home furnishing products that includes textiles, decorative pillows, bedding and rugs.
• Vital to all aspects of client and vendor relations.
• Develop specification sheets, purchase orders and invoices. Coordinate shipping and freight.
• Responsible for sourcing, marketing, business development in the residential design trade market and hospitality industry.

Design Director- Rugs

JLA Home

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Textiles industry

October 2006December 2008 (2 years 3 months)

• Responsible for all aspects of the design process including market research, design concepts, yarn selection, construction techniques, color direction, and specification of CAD designs.
• Collaborated with retailers such as Macys, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s and J.C. Penney to interpret their design concepts for licensed and private label programs that include Martha Stewart and Robert Allen Home.
• Worked with sales team in Bedding and Fabric divisions to create and cross merchandise coordinated rug designs.
• Traveled to China to develop new techniques for innovative handmade and machine made rugs.
• Supervised company’s design team in China.

Senior Designer


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Wholesale industry

February 1999October 2006 (7 years 9 months)

• Designed the industry’s best selling line of handmade, novelty accent rugs that generated $17 million in company sales.
• Dramatically expanded company’s Christmas rug business to encompass 20% of the divisions’ sales.
• Created designs for license programs that included Waverly Fabrics, Nicole Miller, and Nautica.
• Traveled to the mill and worked with designers to develop machine made area rug collections.
• Directed in house and freelance designers on special projects

Chief Designer


September 1996November 1998 (2 years 3 months)

• Designed the top selling line of African print fabrics that was distributed to major retail fabric stores nationally and internationally.
• Created design concepts and marketing strategies that increased sales by 40%.
• Responsible for all aspects of the design process including original artwork, strike-offs, production orders, sourcing fabrics and managing design library
• Followed sample and production orders with overseas factories

Malene Barnett's Honors and Awards

  • B.I.G.Award

    • June 2013

    Entrepreneurial Leadership

Malene Barnett's Projects

  • Teaching Experience

    • September 2011 to February 2012
    Team Members: Malene Barnett

    • Graphic Design Workshops for elementary students
    • Guest Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Trinidad and Tobago
    • Fine Art instruction Workshops exploring painting and drawing techniques for High School Students
    • Carpet design classes for children age ten and up
    • Entrepreneurial classes on how to develop your own product line,manufacturing and working with showrooms for adults
    • Guest speaker at Design Caribbean conference in the Dominican Republic

  • Transitions Collection

    • May 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Malene Barnett

    Transitions explores the first language of Ethiopia, embroidered textiles of Mexico and the spirit-based sculptural art of Sri Lanka. Each design illustrates continuous growth and connectivity of world culture; capturing its heartbeat and reflecting on its energetic soul.

Malene Barnett's Skills & Expertise

  1. Pointcarre
  2. Photoshop
  3. Illustrator
  4. InDesign
  5. Apso Carpet Designer
  6. Social Media Marketing
  7. Product Development
  8. Carpet
  9. Fine Art
  10. Fashion
  11. Marketing Strategy
  12. Bedding
  13. Textiles
  14. Embroidery
  15. Textile Design
  16. Furniture
  17. Retail
  18. Interior Architecture
  19. Interior Design
  20. Photography
  21. Rugs
  22. Furnishings

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Malene Barnett's Education

Fashion Institute of Technology

BFA, Fashion Illustration/Surface Textile Design


Stark Carpet Corporation, first place
The French Lace and Embroidery Federation, first place
Home Fashion Products Association, second place
Textile Design Medal

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

BFA, Textile Surface Design


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