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.
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.