Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ikat Designs

Schumacher, Duralee, Pottery Barn, Robert Allen

Ikat is the method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibers.  The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric design.  There are many different types of Ikat: warp, weft, double, Oshima, Cambodian, Thai, and South and Central American.

Ikat is tribal and creates a worldly and eclectic palette in design.  It spans generations, design styles, and motifs with its mixture of color and tribal reference.  Both contemporary and traditional room designs embrace the patterns and arrangements.

Veranda, August 2011

Veranda, August 2011

Ikat patterns can create drama in a room on headboards, pillows, upholstered furniture pieces, bedding, wall covering and draperies.  They are traditionally used as accents within a room to create a collected look filled with worldly treasures.  With today's trend of re-using and re-design, the Ikat has a way of bridging the gap between the new, the old and the collected.

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