As New York City interiors expand onto bolder brighter horizons, so is the presence of eclectic ethnic patterns. Ikat fabrics have rapidly become ever more popular, bringing in an indigenous fresh touch to an otherwise neutral tone décor. Tracing its origin back to centuries ago, the whimsical ikat patterns transcended from Southeast Asia, South America and the Middle East. Western cultures have gladly embraced the watercolor effect fabric, and continue to do so in this age of global style.
Luckily for you, New York offers endless opportunities of the bohemian fabric. The recent explosion of bedding, curtain fabric, furniture upholstery, area rugs, tableware and beautiful wallpapers with ikat patterns are meant to bring freshness into the color schemes of contemporary room decor.
Given its versatile nature, used in both fashion and interior design, there is a variety of ways to adorn your interior with ikat. Sheherazade offers 100% hand loomed silk of original ikat patterns in their pillows, while Pottery Barn has some lovely pillow covers and euro shams. HomeGoods goes the extra mile with their dressed up Ikat chair and bench. As for ikat rugs, you can’t go wrong with these one-of-a-kind rugs at One Kings Lane and Martha Stewart.
With a name derived from the Malaysian word mengikat, which means to tie, knot, bind, or wind around, what distinguishes ikat from other fabrics is the dyeing technique. The threads are dyed before they are woven in to textiles. The method used employs a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weftfibres. Bindings are applied to the threads in the desired patterns and the threads are dyed; the bindings are removed and the threads are woven in to cloth.
Apartment Therapy goes in to great detail into the history of ikat. The technique, along with the textiles, first came to Europe through Dutch traders in Southeast Asia, Spanish explorers in South America, and travelers along the Silk Road in the 19th century. The Uzbek ikat centers of Samarkand and Bukhara (in what are now Uzbekistan and Central Asia) were famous for their fine silk. For a modern take on Uzbek rugs, don’t miss Genevieve Gorder’s sale beginning tomorrow on One Kings Lane.
Throughout history, various motifs have had ritual or symbolic meaning; traditionally, ikat stands for status, wealth, power and prestige, due to the time and skill involved in weaving it.
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