Taking a cue from fashion, or visa versa, an interior design trend worth investing a small amount in are graphics. Since trends are often short lived, accents like decorative accessories, pillows, throws, table cloths, area rugs, and window sheers will update any room. One of the most interesting patterns and high on the trending list is IKAT. It’s very versatile and compatible with other graphic designs.

I’ve been reading several articles on the origin of Ikat, and it’s not certain when or where it originated. One report places its source in Uzbekistan, while others place it in Japan, Africa, or Central America. In any event, it’s an ancient fabric pattern with very timely applications. Ikat is tribal yet contemporary.

The process of creating Ikat is an intricate method of a yarn dyed, woven pattern. Some are made by dyeing the stationary threads attached to the loom; some are made by dyeing the threads that do the weaving; and some by dyeing both. The resulting fabric is recognizable by its blurred edges.

It’s the blurred edges that make Ikat so compatible with other graphics that have saturated colors and sharp borders like stripes, polka dots, and checks.  It “plays nicely” with another trend: blocked colors, breaking up its characteristic intensity. Ikat blends, at the same time, adds interest, color, and a unique perspective to a room.

The rules of scale definitely apply.  When incorporating different patterns in a room, make certain to use different sizes. If your Ikat pattern is large, integrate small and medium patterns in the same or different colors depending upon your color scheme and overall design style.

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