Wow, it's been a couple weeks since I've been back here! The break wasn't planned but things just happened. A couple weeks ago, there was a death in the family, then we went out of town to attend my cousin's wedding, and I was just plain tired. Oh, and our house was finally getting put back together from the big leak that happened months ago. It's been a crazy, tiring month.
Today is all about Ikat. What is Ikat? According to Wikipedia, Ikat "is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the warp fibres, the weft fibres, or in the rare and costly 'double ikat' both warp and weft, prior to dyeing and weaving." It involves dyeing the threads according to the pattern before they are woven and then lining them all up correctly. That takes some skill! It's also what gives the pattern its hazy look, which is part of why I love it so much!
I tend to just happen to discover things(like how awesome sheepskins are!) and I'm just now discovering the awesomeness of different global textiles. I've never been(and don't think I ever will be) a fan of flowery rugs, but I'm really loving the geometrical patterns of Ikat and Kilim weaves. I've already talked about how my dream kitchen involves a kilim rug on the floor.
Real woven Ikat is expensive and harder to come by but there are plenty of cheaper options out there if you want to incorporate the look into your home. Someday, maybe I'll be able to have some of the real stuff, but that's not happening on my budget right now. Especially with two littles running around dropping crumbs everywhere. For now, I'm going for the cheap stuff.
Behold, my newest Ikat additions!
I spied this ottoman at Walmart several months ago and this was the lone one left after all that time. I think everyone had forgotten about it because it stayed in the same spot in a corner of the furniture section for several weeks. I ended up spending about $20 on it.
The navy blue sheets are my favorite though. I love the abstract polka dot feel of the print. They were marked down 50% at Target and since when can you find cute queen size sheets for $16? They aren't marked down online though so be warned if you want your own.
After perusing the internetz, I've found a few more ways of incorporating Ikat into the home.
Do you have a favorite? I love them all but I really love that stair runner. What do you think of the Ikat trend? Would you use it in your home?
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