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Publication Date: 2015-06-11


Beautiful Ikats

Inspired by an antique Ikat we recently found available in Bali, we thought we would share some of our favorite Ikats including some from our collection.

The word Ikat comes from the Malaysian word 'mengikat,' or 'to tie.' It is a style of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the wrap or weft threads before they are woven. A double Ikat is when both the warp and the weft threads are dyed before weaving. The weaving of Ikats is an ancient and extremely complex tradition. It is essentially like a puzzle with different threads that if done correctly the weaver creates a beautiful pattern of color. Ikats lend a bit of a refined bohemian flair to an interior.


Silk Ikat from Thailand in a Suzanne Lovell Inc residence. To view the residence click here.
Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell, Inc.

Gold threaded antique ikats in a Suzanne Lovell, Inc. interior. To view more images from this residence click here.
Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell, Inc.

Coat at left: IKAT Coat, c. 1880 Purchased in Ankara, Turkey
Coat at right: IKAT Coat, Purchased in Istanbul, Turkey

Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell, Inc.

Details of central Asian ikats from the Rau collection - Victoria and Albert Museum - Pip Rau Collection
Left: Ikat length with heart shapes and 'hamsa' design.

Right: Ikat length with red design.

Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Uzbekistan, Bukhara Woman's Robe, 1840s/60s
Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Uzbekistan, Bukhara, Wall Hanging Composed of Three Panels, 1825/75
Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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