But what exactly is the ethnic style? Which colors and materials embody the style? We explain what is behind the trendy ethnic style and show how it can be implemented with just a few accessories.
"Ethno" is an abbreviation for ethnology; the term comes from ancient Greek: "éthnos" = foreign people and "-logy" = teaching. He describes the folklore and ethnology, which deals with the cultures of the approximately 1300 ethnic groups and indigenous peoples worldwide.
In ethnic style, the patterns and colors of traditional tribes from all over the world meet harmoniously, as in a melting pot. Traditional, hand-crafted furniture, accessories and works of art that we bring back from our travels and that remind us of beautiful, distant places make up the timeless, modern ethnic style; which has long since become indispensable in fashion and the interior.
In the picture: embroidered carpet from Morocco, fur stool
The ethnic style has nothing to do with old hippie - it can be a very modern, sophisticated and sophisticated style that blends folklore and modernity perfectly. Depending on the chosen materials, patterns and colors, the ethnic style can be from slightly rustic to very sophisticated, very colorful or very natural. The noble ethnic chic in fashion and interior embodies about manufacturers such as Missoni, Etro and cocoon.
Pictured: door with South African carvings; previous picture: Turkish kilims
The craftsmen of the original peoples had only natural colors available for their artworks. They colored and painted with soil, plants and other natural substances. The resulting color palette still dominates the look.
The ethno-style shows in natural and natural tones such as brown, dark green and ocher. But orange, yellow, petrol and many red and terracotta tones are often combined. The ethnic colors and moods range from "Indian Summer" to wintery, warm gray brown.
Pictured: Ikat curtains, woven basket from Africa, traditional Russian matryoshkas
Not only the colors are decisive, but also the different textures and natural materials such as knitwear, silk, fur, woolen fabrics, feathers, wood, wicker, braids, leather and delicate metals. A natural, unembellished and hand-crafted surface is important.
The Textiles and fabrics should be made of pure natural fibers, high-quality craftsmanship and possibly also dyed naturally. Sometimes you will find beautiful accessories such as pillow cases, plaids, and bed linen in an organic fabric store - some even real handcraft from Africa, Asia and India.
Duvet: Vintage Suzani bought in Istanbul, bed canopy from Turkish hammam towels
Typical furniture of the ethnic style has a very natural look; the surface is oiled instead of painted, nails and wood joints are often left visible and new furniture looks as if they were already long loved vintage pieces.
Pictured: Dresser from India
The delicately shining metal accessories add a noble accent to the ethnic style and perfectly complement the material world of textiles and woods.
Cheerful combined patterns are the real soul of the ethnic style: the graphic zigzag look or colorful wax prints from Africa, Ikat pattern from Indonesia, the typical Turkish kilim pattern, embroidered Suzanis from Central Asia, earthy Atzteken and Navajo patterns ... the Patterns and ornaments are as diverse as the peoples and tribes around the world. Of course, woven and printed animal prints such as crosswalks or leopard spots as well as floral patterns also go with the ethno style.
Pictured: Otomi fabric from Mexico, African wood sculptures
Textiles: Missoni Home
Even one or the other key piece can bring the ethnic style into the apartment. Particularly suitable are:
- Floor cushions or poufs
- dark woods
- colorful glasses
- Metal accessories, e.g. Trays, lanterns and candlesticks
- big blankets and throws
- Pillow with patterns
But even as a single piece, a pouf is a real eye-catcher and extremely practical. The more casual variant would be a floor cushion.
Pictured: Moroccan kilim; Lederpouf
In addition, many candles in metallic lanterns or colorful glasses give the ethnic style a warm and cozy touch.
It is also wonderful to decorate traditional baskets on the wall - those in the picture are from Africa, the lamp is an Indonesian fish trap.
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In this bedroom by What Architecture, the style is complemented by a curtain made of African wax prints.
An equally fast way to trim the interior in ethnic style is a large kilim with the typical pattern. With a few matching pillows and a floor vase made of metal, the Umstyling is already finished. The ethno look goes well with clean lines and mid-century classics like the "Womb Chair" (Knoll) and the "Artichoke" lamp (Louis Poulsen), as seen in this project by Novono. It is a truly timeless and boundless style - there is hardly any more melting pot.
What do you like about ethno style? What souvenirs from distant lands do you have in your apartment?