Decorating with Mud Cloth

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If there’s one standout patterned textile as of late, it’s mud cloth. Originally designed in Africa for use as as camouflage, ritual protection, and a sign of status, telling a story through the use of lines, dots, and geometric shapes. Traditionally mud cloth is handmade using Malian cotton and fermented mud to produce pigment for dye, hence the name. However now you find it in a variety of homewares stores as well as DIY it in a variety of ways.

St. Frank

As with any trend, there are varying levels of commitment–one of my favorites are kitchen and dining textiles. A pretty tablecloth or set of fabric napkins lend a dose of pretty pattern and texture to a dinner party or a simple date night meal.


An accessory that has a touch more staying power, like a shower curtain, can be swapped out in a few minutes should you tire of it. Mud cloth’s traditional black and white color scheme happily partners with just about any color you might already have on your walls.


Art is one of my go-to ways of introducing a trend to my space. It’s serendipitous that textile art is having a real moment right now because mud cloth looks mighty fine hanging up.

Patina Rentals

Now if you’re really in love with the mud cloth trend, you might consider investing in a lifetime piece of furniture. Mud cloth stands the test of time.

Rugs Direct Mud Cloth
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