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Centuries-old print known as ikat is chic again

Ikat is a hot print this season, but its origins are in early tribal art. Oklahoma City area fashion and décor experts talk about why it is popular and give tips on how to use it.
BY LINDA MILLER Modified: June 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm •  Published: June 18, 2012

Beyond the wardrobe

It's not just a fashion statement, either.

Trends in fashion and home decor often cross over, and ikat is extremely popular in the home, said Kellie Clements, interior designer and owner of Modern Whimsy.

“It's kind of a modern take on a traditional pattern, so I think that appeals to a vast amount of people,” she said.

Some patterns just turn people off, either because they're too modern or too traditional depending on the color pattern, she said. “That's part of why ikat is so popular right now.”

The print is making a statement on big pieces such as headboards, chairs and window treatments, but most people prefer to use the pattern in smaller doses. Clements said she's opting for ikat pillows in her home.

“For people who like the pattern but are scared to make a commitment, I would strongly encourage them to just do pillows,” she said. An ikat rug or bedding will spruce up a more traditional room, too.

Unlike some patterns, such as stripes and polka dots, ikat tends to look softer because the edges are not so defined.

“Polka dot will scream at you because of the lines of the pattern,” said Clements, who was fourth runner-up on HGTV's “Design Star” last season and as the show's fan favorite now has an online show on

“Ikat seems more cozy,” she said.