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Ancient woven fabric makes modern resurgence
Ancient woven fabric makes modern resurgence

Rita St. Clair and her staff turned to an ancient classic when the Baltimore interior designer was asked to decorate a room upon her induction into the Washington Design Center Hall of Fame. The group wanted a fabric to accent a number of pieces in the room and make them pop. They chose ikat. With its Central Asian origins and exotic feel, ikat — a weaving and dyeing technique that uses a range of materials — was perfect for creating a room inspired by a worldly family. The team used the colorful fabric for chair covers and pillows to offset the muted tones of the room. The finished product, on display from May to December, received a number of compliments from the public and...