Ikat Inspired

From posh silk to printed cotton, ikat fabric is hot.

 I came across this photo in Elle Decor and felt inspired. I love the neautral background of the sofa and the punches of color the ikats offer. It’s like a canvas splattered with rich, lively color. One of things I love about this look is that it looks as though it has evolved over time from travels around the world….eclectic, sophisticated and stylized, yet comfortable enough to crawl up and take a nap.

I knew that in order to achieve this look, I needed to find the real thing-not ikats purchased at the fabric store. A trip to the east is out of the question, so I turned to my friend, Ebay! For weeks, I carefully searched, adding sellers and items to my favorites. The selection was exquisite. Alas, on New Years day, I pulled the trigger on a variety of pillows from Uzbekistan (I must admit, I was a little worried that my purchase was funding some terrorist group or something…so I did some research to figure out where Uzbekistan is located and what its all about. I’m clear! Just a really poor country close to the crazy part of the world). I know I could have had them made here, but the fabric would not have been authentic. Most of the fabric here is printed not really dyed. And plus…I bought 6 pillows for $72! Even with the down pillow forms, I spent less than $25 each.

The only problem….I had to be patient for delivery. I think they were shipped via a very slow boat! Arrival was scheduled for February. But today…they arrived!

How exotic is this little package!  Sealed with a real wax seal and held together with rope! Now if I had ordered these from Pottery Barn, the packaging would not have been nearly as interesting. I”m still waiting on a few, but just couldn’t wait to share with you my new ikat finds from Ebay.

And here they are!

Check out the intricate Suzani hand crafted detail!

And here is the room. I LOVE IT. So exotic, so delicous…so easy like Sunday morning!

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