Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ikat - It's All The Rage In Rugs...By Bruce McLaren.

Well unless you have been living under a rock you will be well aware that Ikat - a traditional textile technique that employs a process similar to tie-dying - is now the fashion statement of choice.

This is not exactly a completely 'now' development in the world of fashion, as some designers have been playing around with it for some time - as this Oscar de la Renta dress from 2004 shows...

Still, there has been a marked trend in recent times to take the Ikat ball and run with it....

First, I should probably tell you what Ikat is. Ikat is an Indonesian word (Javanese to be precise) that means 'to tie', which, as has already been explained applies to the technique used to make the textile. Making Ikat textiles is a very complicated job, as each thread is 'bound' to resist the dying process, in order to color a thread so that it will be incorporated into a textile design and make the desired pattern. This is different from 'batik' where the textile is first made and then tie-dyed.

Ikat is not a method of textile production limited to Indonesia. It is actually a technique known across the Americas, in Japan, throughout South-East and Southern Asia. But most famously the Ikat technique is known in Indonesia and Central Asia. As the two examples below demonstrate, the Ikat designs from Indonesia and Central Asia can be remarkably similar:

Central Asia
Central Asia


Ikat textiles are constructed on looms, usually using cotton and silk. Here are a few pictures to give you a glimpse of how it is done....

Here we are in Uzbekistan, sorting silk threads for Ikat

And here is an Ikat being woven on a loom in Indonesia

When it comes to the final product, here is a typical Ikat shop in Uzbekistan
On a final note when it comes to the real Ikat deal it has to be said that the Ferghana region of Uzbekistan is particularly famous for the production of Ikat. The Ferghana Valley is a verdant region of Central Asia, tucked into the western edges of the Pamir Mountains. To see the women there wearing brightly colored Ikat scarves is certainly part of any true Silk Road experience.

All that being said, let us move in the realm of 'fashion', most subjective, transient and fickle of terms!!

Now not everyone is as fortunate as me in being able to attend Milan and Paris Fashion Week and hob-nob over a glass of Bolli with Posh and Heidi Klum - good people - but if you have even flicked through a fashion magazine recently you will have noticed Ikat designs being employed in every element of sartorial attire.

Just take a look at the following...

Here is a Gucci Dress...I quite like this one actually...

Of course, a kazillion yards of Ikat prints have been churned out for women's clothing, the final products looking something like this:

Or this....

Nice and summery little number this one, don't you think??

And then are the limitless accouterments than any female worth her salt must be equipped with, such as:
And Rucksacks for those Bohemian college types...

But, and this is a big BUT, fashion these days also applies to blokes, or, to put it more specifically the legions of metrosexuals who also feel that they MUST have Ikat clothing. So, take a look at these - some are good, some are bad, in the sense of being tasteful that is...

Interesting, but perhaps someone needs a little attention, hm?
A nice mix - quite like the skull, that's creative for an Ikat...
For the chap who is heading out for the evening. 
And then there is the Ikat cardigan. Pushing the boundaries perhaps with this little number. I'm guessing he'll be having a mojhito...
Ikat ties are available for the 'edgy' businessman.
Or casual shoes for brunch in Greenwich Village...

Put in a nutshell, the options are endless....

Which brings us to rugs. The whole Ikat design rage has crossed over into the world of rugs, which may now grace the floors of your abode. There is quite a range of Ikat rugs out there, some are bursting with color, some are very subtle. Either way, there is one to accommodate your tastes and needs.

Here is a selection of our latest arrivals for you to perouse...Each is currently available and crying out for a home. Go ahead and impress your friends by being ahead of the fashion curve...


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Persian Carpet. Take A Look In The Store. By Bruce McLaren

Part 1. A Video Welcome To The Persian Carpet By the Owner - Doug Lay


Part 2. 'The Antique Rug Room'

Videos Of 'The Antique Rug Room' With Doug Lay



Photos Of 'The Antique Rug Room'

Your Senses Are Dazzled As You Enter The Antiques Room

You Swoon And Are Transported To A World Of Exotic Fancy...

Surrounded By Such Beauty You Find It Difficult To know Which Way To Look

This Way? That Way?

Knowledgeable Staff To Answer Any Questions

Handsome Young Gents Are All Too Willing To Show You About...

Friendly Too...

And Good Looking!

All At Your Beckon Call...

The Perfect Place For - And Scene Of Numerous - Functions

In This Case A Designers Luncheon...

At Which We Fill People With Food...

Ply Them With Margaritas...

And Offer Free Lectures On The Whole Rug Business Thing

Burly Blokes Are ready To Jump In At Any Moment

Part 3. 'The New Rug Room'

A Video Of 'The New Rug Room' With Doug Lay


Photos Of 'The New Rug Room

Your First View Of The 'New Rug' Room

Another Room Full Of Goodies.

Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

100% All Hand-Woven Rugs.

Nothing Made By Machine - Perish That Thought!

Part 4. 'The Contemporary Rug Room'

Videos Of 'The Contemporary Rug Room' With Doug Lay


Photos Of 'The Contemporary Rug Room

Lots Of Tibetan Rugs Here...

Samples To Browse Through - Available In Any Size You May Desire

Many Needlepoint Samples Available From The Finest Manufacturers

Not To Mention Full-Wool South-Western Designs

An Abundance Of Silk For Anyone In Need Of A Touch Of Glam

More Samples...

More Silk And Funky Designs

And Needlepoints, Savonilles and Tapestries For Those After A more European Touch...

Part 5. A Video Farewell By the Owner - Doug Lay