1) Handcrafted authenticity
One-of-a-kind, crafted furnishings will always trump mass-produced products in terms of uniqueness, and the big names in home fashion have caught onto this by launching lines with a handmade edge to them. Ceramics with uneven finishes and markings, cushions with a drawn-on designs and artisanal-looking woven baskets and light shades are in abundance.
2) Souq style
From Middle Eastern markets to the bustling streets of Morocco, the rich flavours and colours of traditional souq offerings have found a global appreciation. The vibrant shades of spice stalls, the blues and teals of Islamic mosaics and the terracotta of Omani pottery markets are all making their mark. You may have noticed how the tactile richness of kilim tapestries are being used to make chunky poufs and cushions while the colourful patterning of zellige tiles and the star and lozenge tessellations found in Islamic architecture have inspired a number of 2019 fabric and wallpaper collections.
3) Basket case
If you don’t have a decorative basket at home then you’re going against the grain! While baskets made from natural materials have surged in popularity as a practical decorative accessory, tribespeople in southern and central African countries have been making baskets for centuries for daily use. The raffia Kuba basket, native to the Kuba people from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has inspired a number of home-fashion pieces, from shallow bowls to urn-style baskets. Try hanging a series of African baskets and JuJu hats on the wall to create an attractive feature.
4) Berber beauties
Hand-woven by the Berber autochthones in North Africa and the Sahara, their woollen carpets commonly feature black diamonds, criss-cross patterns and tribal-style line drawings on creamy white yarns. Beni Ourain is the name everyone wants when it comes to Berber rugs, making carpets using 100% undyed sheep’s wool. You can find more affordable alternatives (with a reduced shag), plus cushions and poufs, with Berber-style patterns, as well as colourful versions with pops of neon.
5) The Aztec aesthetic
Reaching beyond the backpacker trail, the tribal prints and patterns found in the vibrant markets of Peru and Bolivia are weaving their way into homewares. A traditional means of making, weaving was an integral part of Aztecan culture and continues to influence craftspeople in South America, with the distinct shape-shifting geometric polygon motifs used to pattern fabric for items like clothes, bags, rugs and soft furnishings.
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