Ikat patterns

Would you know an ikat pattern if you saw one? 

Ikat (pronounced “ee-kat”) is a traditional resist-dyeing technique with a rich history originating in Indonesia and the Middle East. It involves a complex process whereby yarns are dyed before being weaved, as opposed to other techniques where the dye is applied once the yarns have been weaved into cloth form.

Skilled weavers have the challenging task of lining up the yarn when weaving, which explains the distinctive and unique blurry-like finish ikat fabrics have.  

Ikat is used widely in interiors, often bringing a vibrant dose of pattern and splash of colour to a room. It’s more commonly associated with maximalist schemes, with wallpapers and fabrics perfect for adding drama and interesting pattern, as well as being extremely versatile.

Our collection includes a range of both traditional and contemporary ikat-inspired fabrics and wallpapers.

Traditional ikat designs

For a traditional property or scheme, look for an ikat design that has more of a vintage, handcrafted feel to it. The earthy tones associated with Middle Eastern culture and bold Bohemian-inspired patterns are synonymous with ikat fabrics and would look great as scatter cushions on a sofa or a pair of made to measure curtains.

Or if you’re looking to create maximum impact, use an ikat wallpaper on your walls such as Tribal Ikat by MINDTHEGAP or Indies Ikat by Thibaut, both looking great either on all four walls or one statement wall.

Contemporary ikat designs

If you love ikat but are looking for a more contemporary feel, opt for more pared back tones and slightly smaller, more subtle patterns. These designs like Ikati by Lelievre are great for adding delicate pattern without taking away from other elements within your scheme. Ikat Spot by Zoffany has a really glamorous, luxe feel to it by combining velvet with an ikat-inspired pattern.

What fabrics work well with ikat patterns?

There is no set rule when it comes to pattern mixing in interiors but to take your scheme to the next level we’d recommend layering multiple patterns to create a cohesive, sophisticated look.

Choose one or two dominant colours from the pattern and use them throughout the room in a balanced way. For example, if you have a red and blue ikat pattern, use red as the dominant color in the room, with blue accents.

Make sure you are mindful of scale when playing with pattern; layering works best when patterns of varying scale are used, creating depth and a more cohesive look. For example, use an ikat pattern as the dominant, bolder pattern and layer it with small stripes or geometrics.

Indies Ikat by Thibaut*, Niyali fabric by Sanderson, Moodboard by GP & J Baker featuring Ikat Bohkara Linen, Indienne Flower and Tilly fabric, and Poppy Sprig wallpaper

*Kismet collection, photo courtesy of Thibaut

Shop the look: Ikat fabric

Our handpicked collection of ikat fabrics, perfect for adding distinctive pattern to a room
Kilim Fabric by Marvic Coral/Celadon
Kilim
£204.00
Per metre
Ikat Bokhara Fabric by GP & J Baker Rose Green
Ikat Bokhara
£159.00
Per metre
Bakhmal Ikat Fabric by MINDTHEGAP Red Green
Bakhmal Ikat
£199.00
Per metre
Indies Ikat Wallpaper by Thibaut Coral
Indies Ikat
£195.00
Per roll
Ikat Stripe Fabric by Titley and Marr Oatmeal
Ikat Stripe
£90.00
Per metre
Turkistan Boteh Fabric by Titley and Marr Chartreuse & Rose
Turkistan Boteh
£90.00
Per metre

Shop the look: Ikat wallpaper

Explore our edit of ikat wallpaper designs, great either as feature walls or on all four walls for a more maximalist look.
Kasuri Wallpaper by Sanderson Indigo
Kasuri
£63.75
Per roll
£75.00
Ikat Heart Wallpaper by Barneby Gates Oxblood
Ikat Heart
£126.00
Per roll
Indies Ikat Wallpaper by Thibaut Lavender and French Blue
Indies Ikat
£195.00
Per roll
Animal Ikat Wallpaper by Ohpopsi Wilderness White & Stone
Animal Ikat
£34.40
Per roll
£43.00
Vintage Ikat Wallpaper by MINDTHEGAP Topiary Green
Vintage Ikat
£149.00
Per roll
Tribal Ikat Wallpaper by MINDTHEGAP Lava Red
Tribal Ikat
£149.00
Per roll

Shop the look: Ikat ready made cushions

Add a touch of ikat pattern to your sofa or bed with our selected of ikat ready made cushions
Riverside Cushion 50 x 50cm by MINDTHEGAP Green
Riverside
MINDTHEGAP
£129.00
Each
Quintero Cushion 50 x 50cm by Romo Sorbet
Quintero
Romo
£166.50
Each
Quintero Cushion 50 x 50cm by Romo Jade
Quintero
Romo
£166.50
Each
Hazuri Cushion 40 x 60cm by Romo Gunmetal
Hazuri
Romo
£179.00
Each
Hazuri Cushion 40 x 60cm by Romo Serandite
Hazuri
Romo
£179.00
Each
Kamali Outdoor Cushion 30 x 50cm by Romo Peking Blue
Kamali Outdoor
Romo
£159.50
Each
Odie Cushion 30 x 50cm by Romo Delft
Odie
Romo
£128.00
Each
Odie Cushion 30 x 50cm by Romo Lotus
Odie
Romo
£128.00
Each