I've been hearing about a beautiful pattern called Otomi lately, and while I knew what it looked like, I wasn't quite sure what it meant. I thought perhaps it was a Japanese word, or maybe Swedish. Actually, the Otomi people are an indigenous ethnic group living in the Central Plateau region of Mexico. Among other things, they are known for their beautiful embroidery work which features patterns said to be inspired by ancient cave paintings. Otomi prints are characterized by graphic floral and animal patterns in bright, saturated colors. When severe drought in the 1960's threatened the Otomi's subsistence farming way of life, they began to sell textiles as an alternative source of income. These patterns have seen a surge in popularity recently, and have inspired a range of home design products from tablecloths to floor tiles and wallpaper. Keep reading for a few of my favorite Otomi finds:
1. Multicolor Otomi Tablecloth by St. Frank
This is the table cloth of my dreams. The colors are so festive and whimsical. Too bad it's out of stock.
2. Blue Otomi Tablecloth by St. Frank
Fortunately, it also comes in this gorgeous blue and white. They still have 1 left!
3. Otomi Cement Tiles by Grow House Grow
I'm obsessed with these gorgeous handmade cement tiles from Grow House Grow. Ideal for both commercial and residential situations, they can be used on the floors or walls indoors and out. They are completely recyclable, and are water-cured as opposed to fired. They take about 8-10 weeks and can be customized in the colors of your choice.
4. Otomi Embroidered Runners by Jacaranda Home
These beautiful cotton canvas runners are available in a rainbow of colors and measure 16"x68". They make great table runners, and can also be used as beautiful wall hangings.
5. Otomi (Turquoise) Wallpaper by Hygge and West
Designer Emily Isabella was inspired by the Otomi style when she created this lovely wallpaper pattern.
6. Otomi (Red) Wallpaper by Hygge and West
Also available in a bold red color.
7. Otomi Folk Art Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio Stencils
For those of you who are feeling crafty and up for a DIY project, these stencils look like a great starting point for a fun craft project.