[ee-kaht], in case you were wondering about the pronunciation, is a method of printing woven fabric by tie-dyeing the warp yarns (warp ikat), the weft yarns (weft ikat), or both (double ikat) before weaving. The name also includes the fabric made by this method. Ikat patterns appear in cultures as diverse as Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Guatemala, Turkey, and India.
I love ikat for the home, particularly for the sense of punctuation it can bring to a variety of room styles. It’s versatile enough to play well with other patterns or stand alone as a statement against neutrals and solids.