Ikat means "to bind"? in Indonesian, which helps describe the dyeing process that is used to create the beautiful Ikat rugs you see online. Ikat designs are created by resist dyeing which is a method that stops dye from reaching specific fibers. Skilled ikat rug makers can produce very complicated patterns with little blurriness. When you purchase an ikat rug, you are truly purchasing a one-of-a-kind creation.
About Ikat Rugs
Ikat rugs originated in Southeast and Central Asia as early as the 16th century but the term "ikat"? was not introduced to European culture until the 20th century. Ikat rugs are still hand-woven today, but they are also machine-made. Hand-woven ikat rugs are unique, durable, and are normally more expensive than their machine-made counterparts. Machine-made ikat rugs are more affordable and come in a larger variety of patterns and materials.
Hand-woven and hand-knotted ikat rugs can be made with fibers of wool, cotton, silk, or other materials. Fibers are first woven onto a frame to create the rug itself then dye-resistant materials such as wax is applied to the rug to create the desired pattern. Sometimes multiple dyeings are needed to create multi-colored or intricate designs. Machines can create ikat rugs much more efficiently and decrease the chance of pattern error, creating a much more uniform and desirable rug.
Exploring Ikat Rug Patterns
Ikat rugs come in all colors in patterns making them one of the most versatile rug styles available. Some of the most popular patterns are inspired by elements found in nature like geometric shapes, leaves, flowers, and feathers.
Diamond ikat area rugs are very popular because they are an even mixture of simple and complex, adding a unique focal piece for a living space or bedroom. Within diamond ikat rugs, you will find colors like golden yellow, navy blue, maroon, rustic orange, and brown paired with whites and greys. These colors combine to create timeless patterns great for every room in your home.
Bohemian ikat area rugs are very popular because of their bright and complementary colors like orange and blue and contrasting designs with pink and black. What makes bohemian ikat rugs unique is their asymmetry and eclectic design. Add a conversation piece to your home with a brilliantly colored bohemian ikat area rug.
Floral-inspired ikat area rugs are very common and well-loved. In your search for an ikat area rug, you will see many with designs reminiscent of a fleur-de-lis. These patterns, while vibrant and detailed, create a sense of sophistication and luxury in any room.
Modern style is characterized by asymmetrical features, round and curvy lines, and bold colors. Modern ikat rugs that share those characteristics can be found with large and abstract patterns, and complementary colors. For bright patterns in orange, yellow, and green, and pink, black, and blue, shop Safavieh ikat area rugs.
Choosing The Right Size And Material For Your Ikat Area Rug
You should explore the features and benefits of each type of material before you make your final rug purchase. If you are planning on using an ikat area rug in your entryway, you may want to look into rugs in a durable material because of the high amount of foot traffic it will get. If you are looking for a bedroom ikat rug, you have a larger variety of suitable materials since it may receive less foot traffic and less sunlight.
Wool is a material that is naturally durable and great for high traffic areas.
Silk is a very strong material made from the cocoon of the silkworm and is resistant to mold, mildew, and fungus but can be expensive.
Polypropylene is a synthetic material often used as a wool substitute because it is stain resistant, easy to clean, and extremely durable and suitable for nearly any room and traffic level. Most outdoor/Indoor rugs are made of synthetic materials so they're a great choice as they come in an array of different styles, colors and shapes.
Ikat rugs are available in many different sizes "? from 2'3"? x 8"? or 2'3"? x 12"? runners to a 2"? x 3"? rectangle, 8x10 or 9x12 rectangle. Choose a runner that best fits the length of the area you would like to use it, but if you need to deviate due to size availability, it's better to go a little shorter than it is to go longer. When choosing a square or rectangle ikat area rug, it's best to choose a rug size that will allow for:
6-18 inches of space between the edge of your rug and the walls.
At least the front two legs of sofas and chairs to fit comfortably onto the rug.
Dining chairs to be pulled away from the table without falling off the rug.
18+ inches of rug space on the sides and foot of the bed.
Caring For An Ikat Rug: Hand-Made And Machine Made
To keep your ikat area rug looking as beautiful as the day it arrives, follow these recommended care instructions:
You should vacuum your ikat rugs just as often as you vacuum the rest of your home.
Be aware of the setting you are using on your vacuum "? it's best to always use the carpet setting on your vacuum even with a rug that has a very low pile. This will limit the damage a vacuum can cause to the rug fibers.
If your rug is small enough, you can shake it outside to remove dirt and debris.
For ikat rugs with fringe, you should always avoid vacuuming over them to avoid unnecessary damage to the fringe fibers.
Ready to shop for your perfect ikat rug? Use our filters to shop by size, shape, color and more!
Ideas and Advice
Check out our latest how to's + design tips to find the perfect rug for your space.