What We Love: Ethnic Prints and Patterns

Go global without ever leaving your home. We've rounded up some of the hottest ethnic prints and patterns in home decorating.
By: Holly Becker

Handmade Indian Fabrics

Known for his block-printed fabrics handmade in India, John Robshaw is one of the frontrunners when it comes to ethnic prints. Robshaw reinterprets traditional Indian motifs, giving them a modern, sophisticated spin. With collections ranging from home accessories to fashion and a line for the baby's nursery, his striking patterns exude charismatic charm and whimsy through colors like pear green, peacock blue and hot pink. Available at stores across the country; see Robshaw's website, www.johnrobshaw.com, for retailers.

Bohemian Bedding

Style meets comfort with Kerry Cassill's complete line of luxury-weight bedding from India, infused with the distinct California coastal bohemian vibe she's known for. Cassill is the queen of layering patterns, a gift that has only enhanced the allure of her extensive line of home accessories, furniture and fashion. To add to her list of successes, Cassill also owns Lala, a beachfront boutique in Laguna Beach, Calif. Not in California? You can shop her collections online at www.kerrycassill.com.

Online Rug Bazaar

If you're unable to shop Istanbul's grand bazaar anytime soon, but crave authentic Turkish goods, visit www.yurdan.com for high-quality kilim rugs, hand-painted ceramics, Suzani textiles, artisan glassware and more.

Tip: Suzanis look great folded at the foot of the bed for a bright burst of pattern and color, but they are equally stunning when used as upholstery for covering benches and chairs.

Embroidered and Glamorous

Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, the husband and wife duo behind Ankasa, www.ankasa.com, transform what's hot on the catwalk into an inspiring collection of hand-embroidered textiles and color palettes for the home. With collections like Titanium Marrakech, Arabian Nights and Casablanca, you know you're in the right place for international intrigue and romance when you shop their glamour-filled collection.

Material Girl

Celebrated interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland continues to wow with a collection of textiles that give her distinct California casual design a global vision. To view her collections, or to locate a showroom that carries them, visit her website, www.kathrynireland.com.

Budget Travel

If you're looking to design a room on a limited budget, consider World Market for tabletop and bedding in traditional Jaipur patterns and colors.

Tip: Looking for tabletop display tips to incorporate your new linens? Visit San Diego-based Jennifer Sbranti's blog, the Hostess with the Mostess at www.hostesswiththemostess.com.

Crewel Summer

Find authentic crewelwork bedspreads from Kashmir, ikat table linens and even a few kurtas and scarves from Capsicum, www.capsicum.nl. Although located in Amsterdam, Capsicum ships all over the world, bringing your favorite destination to your front door.

Magic Carpet Ride

Madeline Weinrib brings exotic, geometric patterns to the floor in a vivid color palette that gives your furniture a beautiful foundation. Visit her website, www.madelineweinrib.com, for retailers nationwide.

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