Malene b Partners With Aid to Artisans

BROOKLYN, N.Y.-Designer Malene b has teamed with arts organization Aid to Artisans for a limited edition rug to debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 15 to 18, to benefit Haitian recovery.

Called Tap Tap, the design is inspired by the bright colors and bold designs of the Tap Tap public buses used in Haiti.

"After witnessing the aftermath of the earthquake I wanted to help," said Malene Barnett, principal, Malene b. "The devastation in Haiti inspired me to create a carpet that is a tribute to Haiti's legacy in the arts. The carpet is a stylized abstract of vivid color, incorporating multi textures and bespoke Haiti's rich and historic culture."

All of the proceeds of the Tap Tap rug sales will go to rebuilding a Port au Prince, Haiti, workshop that employs 500 artisans.

Custom sizes, shapes and colors are available, though the rug will be shown at ICFF in a 6-by-9 size, handtufted in New Zealand wool. The rug is also GoodWeave certified, which means it was made without child labor and also meets environmental and social standards.

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