Mudcloth 101: How to Use This Handmade Textile Right
These African textiles are a must-have—here’s how to get the look.
Published Jun 26, 2017 2:00 PM
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Global inspiration is sweeping the home design space. “With rise in worldwide tourism, people are bringing elements of their adventures into their homes, which has led to an increase in popularity of many types of textiles and wares,” explains Christina Bryant, founder of St. Frank.
One of the hottest decor trends isn’t new at all. In fact, it has a rich history dating back to the 12th century. The bogolanfini, or mudcloth, is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with aged mud. Each piece showcases an unique assortment of symbols and shapes—making each one-of-a-kind. While black and white are the most traditional, these days you can find a bevy of indigo designs, as well.
“The organic tones and geometric patterns of African mudcloths feel fresh and inspiring. They also meld seamlessly with relaxed, modern interiors and add a nice layer of vintage patina without feeling too busy,” says
founder of Veneer Designs. From throw blankets to accent pillows, here are nine ways to decorate with these tribal treasures.
Neutral tones and subtle patterns—courtesy of a striped rug and mudcloth throw—define the laid back style of this Santa Monica bedroom designed by DISC Interiors, while a leather chair and gold geo pendant add an unexpected—yet totally welcome—touch.
Lots of Layers
From plush velvet pillows in saturated shades of pink and wine to sturdy, indigo cotton textiles, a mix of textures, patterns and colors create a soulful and inviting living space in the Brooklyn abode ofaurora james
Gone are the days when pink and blue were the only suitable hues for tots. Floor-to-ceiling tapestry wallpaper, a rust-toned Moroccan rug, and navy mud cloth Roman shades add boho flair to this nursery created by Natalie Meyers.
An easy DIY project and a few strategic accents are guaranteed to give your dining room an instant pick-me-up. Follow Advice From a 20 Something, and refurbish your chairs with a crisp white mudcloth fabric, and bring in a macrame runner and Persian rug.
The star of this Linen House bedroom is the mudcloth-inspired black and ivory duvet. Rustic accessories round out the safari-esque vibe.
Pillows for Days
Featuring an upholstered window seat, patterned pillows, and linen roller shades, this cozy reading nook, designed by
is the perfect place to curl up with a good book.
When in doubt, add a pop of color! An indigo-dyed textile and vibrant blue rug spice up this compact living space by Francois et Moi. And the midcentury coffee table does double duty as a place to display treasures collected on trips abroad.
This globally-minded bedroom from Amber Interiors comes together with an upholstered mudcloth bench, printed pillows, and layered jute and Moroccan rugs. The effect is an eclectic boudoir that reflects the adventures and travels of its residents.