5 Indian prints to up your decor game

5 Indian prints to up your decor game

It is difficult to categorize Indian prints into definite types; however, there is a pervasive sensibility that is inspired by nature. Imbibing these motifs and patterns into your home is sure to yield beautiful results. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Ikat

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Ikat prints are traditionally tied and dyed, with cotton and silk being the most commonly used materials. When it comes to home interiors, ikats go very well on cushions covers and draperies. This printed fabric is currently hot in the market and has seen its application across a host of furnishings.

Kalamkari

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This famous Indian print has a rich tradition of art and craftsmanship. Vegetable dyes are used as ink, to create motifs and stories on fabric. This long-standing artform has played muse to a lot of design applications, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to Kalamkari. Tapestries and wall hangings are a wonderful medium to showcase this print.

Block print

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Nothing says Indian like block prints. There are different variations of hand block printing across regions in India. These motifs work a charm on wallpapers, bed linens and lampshades when integrated well with your home’s aesthetic. In fact, we’d go out on a limb, and say that the best interior designers in Chennai are those who can make even seemingly monotonous prints look refreshing.

Zari

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Zaris are not just for traditional attires. When used as understated borders on upholstery and tablecloth, they can transform even the dullest of spaces. Old sarees with this decorative gold thread can be repurposed into table runners, cushion covers, and more! You can also cut off the zari borders and match them with different fabrics, for a quirky twist to the traditional.

Chintz

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Originally from Calicut, this quirky print has traveled all over the world, as kitsch, and become contemporary again. Large colourful floral motifs on upholstery are characteristic of Chintz. You can go all out, and plop a chintz sofa, against a minimalistic wall. Or go for a plain sofa, with chintz printed cushions for that unexpected ‘pop’.
The varieties of Indian prints are constantly evolving. So don’t feel pressured to ‘get it right’, and just have fun with your home decoration.