Trendspotting: Ikat Prints

by Amy on April 17, 2021

It’s one of the most longstanding forms of textile decor, and it’s making a comeback in a big way: Ikat is soon to be all the rage in every other Etsy shop and home furnishings department across the country.

Ikat involves a resist dyeing process similar yet opposite to tie-dye; while it involves immersion in liquid dyes of varying colors, the immersion takes place before threads come together to form a fabric, rather than the other way around. The name is Indonesian by heritage, but the art itself is nearly universal — the process has long been used in cultures the world over.

We’ve pulled together some gorgeous pieces that can easily be incorporated into lots of color schemes and styles; in fact, the cushions below from Elemen O Pillows offer a pretty sense of contrast between ikat and chevron stripe patterns, which play off each other beautifully when presented in the same colors.

This carefully-upholstered couch from Primitive Modern Design pulls together an array of colors and elements to beautiful effect:

And these Chic Galleria throws meet in the middle with two-toned patterns, balancing lights with brights all on their own.

The effect is a sophisticated bohemian feel, bringing the carefree sense of the islands into a space without being too overt or obnoxiously tropical. It’s the perfect way to introduce a relaxed vacation vibe into a home without even having to leave.

Photo credits: Harabu House, Primitive Modern Design, Elemen O Pillows and Chic Galleria

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one } April 17, 2021 at 4:52 am

Love this look — it would be a great way to add a touch of spring or summer to a home! Fun.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm April 17, 2021 at 8:00 am

I just love those vibrant bowls!

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