Today, we’re taking a quick look at one of our most classically “global” prints, Starry Nights. Each piece of fabric, including these lovely sheer indigo curtains, are created using a form of batik, called “double dabu” printing. Rather than using wax resist, dabu is created using a finely sieved mud paste, which is applied to fabric using a printer’s block. The fabric is then immersed in dye (in this case, pure indigo dye), rinsed, and the dabu process is repeated to create layers of color.
Each piece of fabric is uniquely beautiful, as the dabu process leaves behind “veining” (tiny lines of dye that make their way under the paste) which adds to the richness and originality of the print.
If you love a global look, and want to create a space with authenticity, then this print will speak to you. Our curtains are affordable for you, yet created using fair trade principles, so you know that the wonderful artisans behind the scenes are being well compensated.
Finials and Curtain Rods
Once you introduce these lovely blue cotton curtains to your space, you may want some ideas of how to decorate around them. I’ll share a few ideas, which are all based around the simple global look of Starry Nights. I recommend choosing a curtain rod or finials made from a natural source (wood, stone, metal, glass). Of the three I’ve highlighted, Black Spiral has loose flowing lines that connect well with the “star” design in our print, Lewis Royal is what I’ll call “elegant tribal”, and the Nobel Rod adds a warm tropical touch.
I like to build the look of a room bit by bit, almost as a traveler or collector would carefully curate the treasures she finds and brings home. Since this room is founded on Starry Nights, which brings a lovely rich, bright blue color to the space, I’ve opted to “collect” complements that are a bit more neutral, but which share the same global vibe.
Start small, with a warm set of Indian Star tea lights – add a scented candle to really round out the experience! Perhaps as a complement to seating you already have, add a handmade leather ottoman, again in a star pattern. (Do you see a theme here )? I particularly love Pier 1′s Natural and Blue Jute Rug for our Starry Nights space. It’s mellow and organic – but that hint of blue is dreamy. Finally, we’ll complement our room with one or two (or three) of Viva Terra’s Jute Lanterns. These are such special pieces – they are simple, but do much to add to the scene.
There are so many wonderful ways you can decorate around Starry Nights indigo curtains – maybe I’ll do another post on a Vincent van Gogh room! (The bright colors – wouldn’t that be fun?) Anyhow, if you like our double dabu Starry Nights, I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration for creating a wonderful scenario around them.