Ikats are definitely back in favour. Since the beginning of the year I have spotted them everywhere – on every other cushion from major high-street retailers (where the pattern tends to prevail) to the new use of ikats on luxury tableware.
Characteristic of Indonesia, India and central Asia, ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles, quickly recognisable thanks to its vibrant colours and organic yet geometric patterns. Ikat patterns are reminiscent of geometric shapes painted in watercolours, with the lines and edges slightly blurred and seemingly unfinished.
To interiors, ikats add vibrancy through the colours and take the edge off strict and polished interiors, thanks to their painterly and ethnic look. So what are our favourites uses of the ikat pattern in interiors today?
Hermes ikat tableware
Voyage en Ikat is a new tableware collection from Hermes, translating traditional ikat fabric patterns into tableware designs. The collection includes dark vibrant patterns on serving plates, colourful patterns on the white porcelain of teapots, bowls and vases as well as more delicate gold patterns on cereal bowls and butter dishes.
OKA ikat table lamps
Lakor and Sulu table lamps from OKA perfectly show how ikats can be used in luxurious, sophisticated interiors, when the pattern is turned into a decorative work of art. Available in black or blue with gold, these table lamps work perfectly in both light and dark interiors schemes.
Luke Irwin ikat rugs
Luke Irwin’s ikat rugs are high on my list of favourites and are dream home must-haves. In essence, there are two types of ikat rugs created by Luke Irwin. First there are the vibrant and colourful ones, with clear and bold patterns. The second type, my personal favourite, are ikat rugs in muted colours, with a slightly aged look – these are subtle, yet full of character with ikat patterns peering through the mist of dark hues.
Sofa.com silk ikat cushions
This blog post wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t feature ikat cushions! My favourites are from sofa.com, as they are made in silk, with a lightweight linen backing. Kadikoy and Pomegranate are my favourite designs.
Mariska Meijers Ikat Wallpaper
Last but not least, ikats on wallpaper, this time in an even more painterly version, thanks to Mariska Meijers. Available through Amara, this wallpaper is bound to brighten up any interior and introduce colour with its pinks, yellows and vibrant blues, or simply make interiors more dynamic and varied, with more muted patterns.
Are you convinced now, that ikats are the interiors trend of 2015?