Visit us at the Shop Latitude x Condé Nast Traveler Imports Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC! Click here for details.

Istanbul: Ikat

Back in my childhood it was impossible to find a house without an ikat rug. Handmade rugs are very common in Anatolian culture, and in Turkey nearly every house had these types of rugs covering the floor.

Back in my childhood it was impossible to find a house without an ikat rug. Handmade rugs are very common in Anatolian culture, and in Turkey nearly every house had these types of rugs covering the floor. Nowadays, ikat isn?t limited to rugs. You can find ikat everywhere in the city, whether it?s on the cover of the seat of a cab or framed on the wall of a little cafe as art. You may find a beaded ikat ornament displayed at a little market to give a traditional feeling to the space.  In the Grand Bazaar you can find the most traditional pieces, such as ikat rugs and seat covers. Let?s get back to the future, to our modern homes, where we decorate with pieces of new Turkish furniture designers. After all, I can say that we still have that traditional part in us because we all love what Rifak Ozbek is doing with those cushions. Imagine them on your brown leather Nordic couch?  I know Antony Todd?s loving it! In my home now I have a patchwork rug made out of old ikat rugs collected from my old house in Anatolian. Looks like the past is our present!

 

Shop Ikat Pillows.