Design Spotlight

Spotlight: Madeline Weinrib Rug & Textile Designer Extraordinaire!



Madeline Weinrib rugsMorroccan vintage carpet by Madeline Weinrib – photo by Marili Forastieri.


Madeline Weinrib creates vibrant colored textile and rug designs inspired by traditional folkloric patterns.  They speak to the aspirations of today’s lifestyle – Modern, Distinctive & Luxuriously Artistic.

Madeline Weinrib textiles purpleBold patterned textiles in brilliant purple colors – Madeline Weinrib fabrics

I have admired Madeline Weinrib’s design aesthetic from the moment I first laid eyes on her carpets.  There’s something about beautiful, hand knotted, tribal inspired carpets that makes me want to take my shoes off and dance on them.  Today, her collections have expanded to include fabrics, furniture, pillows, accessories, fashion and bespoke items.

What I love most, Madeline is a master of using history, culture, folklore, and tribal motifs from around the world to make original designs with a contemporary flair.

Madeline Weinrib - dining Return to homeMadeline is a master interpreter of tribal patterns into contemporary rugs

A little background abouut Madeline …

Madeline Weinrib began her career as a fine arts painter and a teacher at CUNY.  She began designing carpets in 1997 and collecting antique Tibetan carpets.   Madeline grew up with amazing rugs and furnishings literally at her feet.  She just happens to be the great-granddaughter of the founder of ABC Carpet,  Max Weinrib.

Her work is deeply influenced by her travels to India, Morrocco and other historic textile regions of the world.  Suzani, Ikat, Tibetan, and block prints have become signature’s of Madeline Weinrib collections.

Madeline believes in “ethical artistry” and is the International Ambassador for Project Mala, a charity that focuses on eliminating child labor in the carpet weaving industry.  Project Mala serves children in 45 rural villages in northern India by funding and offering primary and secondary education in 10 schools throughout India’s carpet belt in the Uttar Pradesh province region.

When you see Madeline Weinrib’s carpets and textile designs you know designing them is in her  blood.  I’m so glad her journey as an artist evolved into designing rugs.

I welcome you to the wonderful world of Madeline Weinrib, textile and carpet designer extraoridinaire!

Madeline Weinrib flatweaves in blue patternsFlatweave carpets in blue patterns

Suzani print in closet design Madeline WeinribSuzani print in pink as closet runner

Seed rug in Stone by Madeline WeinribSeed rug in Stone by Madeline Weinrib

Jambo-rug-by-madeline-weinrib-squareJambo rug by Madeline Weinrib

chelsea blockprint M Weinrib Velvet ikat in blue & brownVelvet Ikat carpet in brown & blues

Contemporary Floral rug - blue M Weinrib Hand knotted floral rug

Madeline Weinrib brown rugs

Madeline Weinrib - MidCentury setteA mid century modern settie in Madeline Weinrib textiles

Weinrib benchMadeline Weinrib Bench

Medallion rug Madeline WeinribRug on wall and pillows at her atelier at ABC Carpet, NYC

Madeline Weinrib textiles at atlier NYCThe catalog of textile options at the atelier are endless.

madeline-weinrib-studio-pillowsOld world meets new

Potporri of pillows - Madeline Weinrib

“When I started working in textiles that was something I wanted to achieve. I designed concepts that would be contemporary and speak of its own time, but if it were a really strong design, it would work well in other environments. Great design should have flexibility. Using traditional motifs that have been simplified and pared to their essence has allowed me to achieve this duality.”

– Madeline Weinrib

Madeline Weinrib photoMadeline Weinrib at her NYC atelier in front of the medina rug

I hope Madeline Weinrib’s folkloric inspired designs have ignited your creative spirit.

Until next time …

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