you could go crazy with ikat, covering the walls as well as your sofa. images via elle decor
The word “ikat” means “to bind” or “to tie” in Malay and it describes both a very ancient weaving technique and the style of vibrant fabrics that are created through this technique. The defining characteristic of ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, into the threads before cloth construction (the weaving of the fabric) takes place.
In the 19th century, the Silk Road desert oases of Bukara and Samarkand (in what is now Uzbekistan) were famous for their fine silk Uzbek ikat.
Ikat weaving styles vary widely. Many design motifs may have ethnic, ritual or symbolic meaning or have been developed for export trade. Traditionally, ikat are symbols of status, wealth, power and prestige. Because of the time and skill involved in weaving ikat, some cultures believe the cloth is imbued with magical powers.
These type of textiles were once used in ceremonial dress, to decorate the entrances of homes, and to symbolize wealth and prestige. Today, they are considered a form of art and are prized for their spare designs that fit very well into todays’ contemporary home.
They’re easy to spot thanks to an elaborate weaving process that results in a distinctive blurred appearance and come in patterns that range from basic (circles) to elaborate (intricate paisleys).
A favorite of interior designers, these vibrant fabrics add exotic flair to any room, whether on a simple throw pillow or as a dramatic wall covering Their geometric designs fit will many interiors, be they traditional, rustic or contemporary. Popular with couturiers as well, they even popped up in John Galliano’s fall 2009 ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior.
In Eclectic Cool’s soft furnishing collection, silk and silk velvet ikat fabrics have been mixed with linens, leathers and shearlings to create cushions that will add colour, texture and depth to any interior.
12 January 2012