The Finest Ikat Silk Rugs
The Finest Ikat Silk Rugs are all over the place these days — as trendy as anything ancient can ever claim to be. The Ikat designs are very traditional textiles ranging from areas to the Southeast Asia to South America to the Middle East and beyond. This type of pattern offers interiors a kind of dressed-up bohemian vibe. Giving a new meaning to Boho-Chic, it is the new “in” for interiors in a lot of circles because it marries a hip and ethnic vibe!
The word ‘ikat’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat,’ or ‘to tie.’ Ikat is an ancient dyeing technique often applied to silk fabrics, creating a distinctive blurred geometry design. This dyeing technique uses a resist dyeing process on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. When the dyeing is finished all the bindings are removed, the yarns are woven into cloth or in our case the rugs.
In other resist-dyeing techniques such as tie-dye and batik the resist is applied to the woven cloth, whereas in ikat the resist is applied to the yarns before they are woven into cloth. Because the surface design is created in the yarns rather than on the finished cloth, in ikat both fabric faces are patterned.
At Rugs and More our collection of The Finest Ikat Silk Rugs are hand knotted using in most cases Silk. Please note these fine examples that we carrying. The carpets themselves are in most cases a work of art – that is why we have one on display hanging on a wall!