Global decor and armchair traveling go together, and learning about the origin of your own furnishings makes them that much more purposeful. Let’s take Mexico, for instance. The country is a fabulous source of lace and woven textiles, as well as the bright woven blankets, intricate pillow covers and picture rugs bring rustic Southwestern design to any room.
Mexico is a massive country with a very rich artwork and hand-crafting tradition, but the region’s most well-known products come from three main indigenous peoples: the Saltillo, the Otami and the Zapotec. Each has its own signature pattern and style. Here’s a breakdown of those three.
A bright Mexican blanket, or Saltillo serape, makes a great casual chair or couch cover, particularly for classic finds that you haven’t gotten around to re-covering. As a costume cover doesn’t need to be more permanent, have a chance with extra-bright colors to add a festive touch on a whim.
Saltillo is the capital of the Mexican state of Coahuila, famous for its locally woven multicolored blankets. Serape blankets are not only being created from the Saltillo region now; they have made their way into the modern culture and history of Mexico at large.
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People who prefer neutral colors can enjoy the striped Saltillo blankets too. The subtle pattern on a dark, white and gray woven Mexican blanket adds depth with this eclectic modern bedroom.
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Mexican blankets can also be utilized as one might use upholstery cloth. A classic ottoman coated with an aqua striped version provides this living space a decorative cultural touch.
Vintage ’40s Mexican Serape Saltillo Rug by Not Sew Idle – $500
These blankets are always great to have on hand. I often use them as tablecloths during Mexican foods at home.
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Otomi embroidery, a product of the Otomi people of central Mexico, artfully signifies flora and fauna at a stunning combination of bright colors or in just a couple of colors, as seen on the pillowcases here.
The red and white embroidered Otomi pillowcases perfectly balance the suzani coverlet and yet stand on their own as lovely sophisticated works of embroidery.
Cathy Schwabe Architecture
Big Otami cushions liven up the mix of midcentury modern furniture here, and also their whimsical animal patterns are a fun reference to this forrest beyond.
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Printed cloth with a pattern inspired by Otami embroidery produces a rich wall hanging that doesn’t overpower this space.
Mexican Otomi Fabric – $345
Otomi embroidery’s complicated patterns represent many hours of handiwork.
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Bold Zapotec rugs with diamond-like patterns that are much like those of the Navajo men and women look great everywhere, though are specially suited to rustic spaces.
Zapotec weavers, native to central Mexico, have their own tradition of carpet and blanket weaving that’s much older than that of the Navajo, though in recent years, they have began replicating simplified variations of Navajo textiles. Whatever the case, many of the design elements one finds in the Navajo cloth patterns might have originated from the Aztec and Zapotec cultures of central and southern Mexico.
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The simple images of a Zapotec rug give interest to this traditional bedroom using neutral tones without throwing off the balance.
Woven panels made to be utilized as pillow covers are also a fabulous way to cover a square stool. As the only bold pattern in this neutral beach-style living area, the woven covers add a rustic yet exotic touch
Colorful Authentic Zapotec Throw Pillow Cover with Fringe
Zapotec weavers create amazing works of woven art that attractively complement Southwestern or rustic design, but they look at home just about anywhere due to their rich colors and bold designs.
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