It’s not a brand new trend, but it’s definitely one of my favorites.
Ikat (pronounced “eee-kaht”) is a method of weaving and dying that has unknown origins, but it has been dated back to pre-Columbian Central and South American cultures. Besides being found there, many other countries have laid claim to the design in their own way especially Central Asian countries like Uzbekistan and Indonesia (Wikipedia).
Today in America, ikat can be found on all sorts of goods — from printed dresses and fashion, to pillows, to upholstery, the fabric has permeated everything design. You’ve probably seen it lately (even Gap has ikat dresses), but if not, here is a little sample:
Inspired by: HGTV
Inspired by: Lotus Haus
Inspired by: Company C
Recognize this little guy? I’m sure you’ve seen it around. Love it as much as I do yet? You will once you see all the different fun ways you can use it around the house. The best thing about it is that it can come in so many different forms. It can dress something up, dress something down, be fun and bold and loud, or a neutral way to add flair to a couch. Ch-ch-check it out!
Inspired by: Absolutely Beautiful Things
Inspired by: Country Living
Inspired by: Decor Pad
Inspired by: Elle Decor
Inspired by: Faith Sheridan’s Blog
Inspired by: House of Turquoise
Inspired by: LA Design Concepts
Inspired by: Material Girls Blog
Want to buy some of your own ikat? A lot of what people do with ikat is buy fabric and then pay to get it re-upholstered onto a chair, couch, or ottoman. This can be a VERY expensive and time-consuming process. Especially for the young girl starting out who is short on income and prone to change her mind, it is better to invest in small ikat pieces.
Inspired by: Amazon
Inspired by: Anthropologie
Inspired by: Etsy (If you just do an “Ikat” search on Etsy, you’ll come up with tons of amazing options)
Inspired by: Neiman Marcus
Inspired by: Etsy