Ikat Rugs Featuring signature neutral tones of ivory, brick, grey and beige, together with blurred abstract patterns resembling peacock feathers, snowflakes or fossils - Ikat rugs provide the ideal counterpoint to modern styling in contemporary homes.
The History of Ikat Rugs
Produced all around the world, from Japan, Asia and India – and by our skilled artisans in Pakistan – the ‘resist dyeing’ technique used to create Ikat rugs requires a high level of expertise.
Ikat Rug Dyeing Techniques
Resist dyeing involves tightly bundling together yarns into a specific pattern before they are dyed, then re-wrapping the bundles and dyeing them again multiple times before the yarns are woven - creating the distinctive blurred abstract designs so popular with Ikat rug lovers worldwide.
The more precise and less blurred the design, the more adept the artisan was in lining up and retying the yarn bundles between each dyeing stage – meaning while some blurring will always occur, the highest quality examples will feature the most distinctive styling - such as those sold by RugKnots.
The Ikat Rug Naming Heritage
The word ‘ikat’ (sometimes written ikkat) derives from the Indonesian language, and brings together the root words for ‘knotting’ and ‘binding’ - and has long become a generic loan word in the English language to denote this type of rug.
One of the world’s oldest styles of textile decoration, in addition to the locations mentioned above the technique is still practiced in many countries of Central and South America, leading historians to believe the process developed independently in various different areas.
Ikat Area Rugs - By Skilled Artisans
Drawing on the fascinating history behind these rugs, our skilled Pakistani artisans can hand dye and weave you a unique piece in the Ikat style – that benefits from our high quality imported New Zealand wool, organic and durable vegetable dyes, and a hand washing process to create a soft, luxurious finish.