2013 Forecast: IKAT

Over the past few years designer showrooms have been quietly and sometimes loudly inundated with ethnic patterns: particularly with Ikat gyrating its way into the drum circle.  The origin of this earthy pattern is unknown but believed to have initially been produced in saucy Central and South American cultures.  Wherever it came from isn’t so important, all I know is I love it.  Just as English city-dwellers sought pastoral landscapes to connect them to nature, Ikat truly sparks an innermost tribal passion.  Something about the movement of the striations evokes organized chaos that can really add to a space or sing backup when subtlety is needed.

Its everywhere: Artfully Adored

Ikat comes in a plethora of color combinations and fabrics and can be found everywhere from adorning mahogany sofas at a Christie’s auction to fluffing pillows at Main Street America’s big-box retailer.  Expect to see it continue its resurgence this year on everything from plates to pillows to draperies and everything else in between.  This is one indigenous prediction that won’t disappoint unlike the Mayan Apocalypse.

Pepto-Bismol always delivers: Marcus Design

2 very fancy and pricey ladies: Ivy and Vine

2 dates for the price of one expensive date: Ivy and Vine

A variation of the standard: Marcus Design

Something different for those once in a lifetime moments: Burke Decor

Something different for those once-in-a-lifetime moments: Burke Decor

Even regular dudes can Ikat: Design Sponge

hmm plush towels: Pottery Barn

Wallpaper? Mary is always right: Million Dollar Decorators