Trend Alert: Woven Patterns

by Erika Woelfel

In the past few years, the demand for artisanal and handmade goods has grown exponentially and become a trend in its own right. While there are many ways to incorporate this trend into your home, one of the easiest methods is also one of the most timeless: basket weaves.

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Basket weaving began with the earliest of human civilizations and remains one of the most widely practiced crafts today. At its simplest level, a basket weave is a group of threads that are interlaced to create a crisscross pattern. As the weaving process continues, these threads become a pliable surface and can be shaped into a variety of containers and vessels.

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A variety of fibers can be used to create a basket weave, from natural raffia and rattan to cotton rope and wool yarn to more contemporary materials like metal wire and mixed fabrics. The actual weaving pattern can vary from simple crosshatch to more complex quilted, braided or knotted styles.

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Over time, elements of the basket wave have made their way into other items, including rugs, throw blankets, seating, lighting and printed patterns. While durable, the beauty of the basket weave lies in its tactile texture, which adds a great deal of visual interest to any space.

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Bermuda Grass MQ6-57, Museum MQ2-44, Lost Canyon MQ6-29

Although woven themes and elements can be used in any style of home, natural fibers and organic shapes are a better fit for traditional design, while man-made materials and unusual structures are well suited for contemporary style. If you would like to support the handmade movement, do some research into your local art scene and find a craftsman whose work speaks to you!

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Falling Snow PPU18-07, Mined Coal PPU18-18, Elephant Skin PPU18-16

Colorfully yours,

Erika

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