Ikat: Threads of Life

Ikat (pronounced “ee- caht”, not “eye-cat” )is a textile which is essentially made using a ancient “tie-dye” method.  The technical name is actually “resist dyeing”.  Part of the threads are tied in bundles and then dyed before they are woven together. 

Typically, it is the warp threads (the ones going crosswise) that are dyed, but occasionally the weft (vertical) threads are also dyed. This is known as double ikat.

True ikat textiles are hand-woven on narrow looms. A pattern is created from the resist dyeing as the threads are loomed together. Hand-woven fabrics have a completely different feel and appearance than fabrics made from a machine power-loom production.

Today designers in both fashion and interiors, use ikat in all forms to express their style.... 

Ikat bowl by Ginori Michael C Fina

Madeline Weinrib's Daphne Blue Ikat

Anthony Todd

Oscar de la Renta showcase room at Lee Jofa

Hot Pink silk Ikat upholstered walls by Muriel Brandolini

Blue and white Ikat dining chairs

"Ties that Bind: An Exhibition Catalogue of Ikat Fabrics" from HERE

Antique Silk Cotton Ikat

Kelly Wearstler's Bengal Bazaar

Ikat-patterned rug

Java dessert plate from Home, James Collection

Study designed by Philip Gorrivan


Make an entrance...

The doors in "Lost Horizon"

Miles Redd

Green leather upholstered doors by Miles Redd

John Saladino

Pierre Delbee's library from HERE 

Cleverland Public Library

A Masterpiece from HERE

Elle Decor



Black and White Interiors from HERE

Rams Horn Table Lighter from HERE

Wary Meyers Abstract pillows HERE

Circa 1625 Dodo Painting from HERE

Leon Dabo

Period Costume from LACMA

Cat writing desk by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne from HERE

Freud's couch used during psychoanalytic sessions

Ghost Towns (in this photo Bodie CA)

Patina from HERE

Vintage Advertising Sign from HERE

Four Post Bed found in New Orleans

Unique Gift: HERE

70's Onyx Coffee Table