Interior Designer Lucia Gentry recently turned our attention to ikat. Here’s what she has to say:
“I am captivated by the beautiful ikat pattern fabrics everywhere I turn. With their slightly blurred appearance, these exotic fabrics made a big splash from designer fashions to our interiors fabrics. The wide range of color palettes and patterns make them a favorite to decorate in any room.”
Traditionally, ikat referred to the dyeing technique used to create patterns on textiles (it’s similar to tie-dye). The technique has been used throughout India, Asia, South and Central America for hundreds of years.
Today, ikat more commonly refers to the blurred-line patterns we’re used to seeing in stores. Many of those fabrics are printed rather than dyed, but beautiful nonetheless.