Ikat rugs have been produced for centuries in Cambodian, Thai, South and Central American, and Asian cultures. The term ikat comes from the Indonesian word "mengikat," meaning “to tie."
The threads of ikat rugs are dyed prior to weaving, which gives the design its unique blurred or fuzzy pattern. Unlike regular textiles where the fabric is woven first then bound and dyed, the ikat technique dyes the pattern into the threads before the cloth is ever constructed.
This pattern has become especially popular recently because of its worldly look. Travelers to different countries and bohemian dreamers use these rugs to bring a sense of diversity to their home designs.