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Designing With… Ikat.


The word ikat (pronounced ee-KAHT) comes from the Malaysian word mengikat which means to ‘tie and bind’.  It describes the method used to create the distinctive tribal pattern that has become a modern favourite. Ikat weaving is a complex process which involves dying individual threads before weaving them together. It’s this precise process which creates the jagged stripe pattern which gives the print its distinctive hazy finish.

This method of weaving dates back to the Dark Ages and examples have been found across many different cultures including Peru and GuatemalaIndonesia, India and Japan.

 Ikat is used prolifically in modern interiors. From upholstered furniture to art prints; wall paper to cushions the pattern has become the go-to for a luxe bohemian aesthetic.

Ikat looks brilliant when layered with neutrals, bold texture or mixed with polka dot and paisley print.

Tip: When you’re grouping patterns try working with odd numbers. I like to clusters in groups of three or five. When mixing ikat with other prints make sure that the second has a couple of colours which match the ikat and the third is neutral with a plain or subtle texture.