Decorating Trends 2012
Hand Blocked Fabrics

Decorating Trends 2012 Hand Blocked Fabrics
The miracles of instantaneous communication and rapid world-wide travel have brought remote and exotic cultures to our doorstep. Our lives are enriched by this kaleidoscope of color and pattern drawn from the earth.

And now we've gone a step further. Creative and inspirational artisans are collaborating with market-savvy designers to influence design and decorating. An organization called Aid to Artisans (ATA), connects artisans from all over the world with designers and manufacturers to create exclusive items in line with design trends.

Items are entirely handmade and one-of-a-kind, using ancient techniques, earth sustainable methods and people safe dyes. We are enriched by the beauty of the items and the artisan groups are rewarded with unimagined economic opportunities.

West Elm is Partnering with Craftmark, an organization that's part of the All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association to bring you the following handmade selections in season appropriate colors. Deeper tones for fall and winter.

See the ancient process still in play today.

A close-up of the hand-blocked leaf pillow in indigo, one of this years most popular shades.
No two are exactly alike.

For Spring, the colors are softer, and you're going to see a lot of yellow paired with gray.

In a room they look clean, fresh, and unpretentious.

Tips to Make this Look Work

  • The mood is natural

  • The woods are raw

  • The rugs have lots of texture

  • The balance is provided by accents of gray, white, tan and black

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