Evolve Your Lounge with Ethnic Chic

In the world of clothing ethnic chic has been in vogue for quite some time – think of the bold Aztec prints and bright colours that have graced the world's runways in recent years. Like many a trend before it, this fabric is quickly migrating from the country's catwalk into the heart of the home, coming to roost on the nation's comfiest couches. 8

When you come to buy cushions, you'll find an array of options in some of the brightest fabrics. Ethic chic allows you to step away from the pastel, country-inspired tones we've become accustomed to, adding something a little bit more gregarious to the mix.

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If it's personality you're after, take a look at pieces manufactured from a Turkish Kilim fabric such as this Talish cushion in dark multi (above). In tones of red, green and blue, this is a vibrant cushion with a fascinating asymmetric pattern. Its distressed colouring provides an aged ethnic feel, which effectively tones down such bold hues, so the piece is interesting rather than garish.

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These rich shades and busy patterns can also be applied to throwover blankets, providing a look that's as warm and comforting as it is fashionable when draped over a sofa or chair. A thick Kilim weave throw in a heavy wool fabric provides a bohemian feel and is also inherently practical on those chilly summer evenings.

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Turkish Kilim is just one of a variety of fabrics in the ethnic chic style. You can also choose Peruvian or Native American patterns for a handmade, one-of-kind look and feel for your home.