Over at the Vintage Modern shop, we are all about embracing the idea everything old is new again. I mean that is literally what we do, we make the old new again.
Our favorite boho chic look that has reemerged as a home decor trend is macramé. It is popping up all over our favorite design blogs—Design*Sponge, The Jungalow and A Beautiful Mess—in the form of macramé plant hangers, wall hangings and curtains.
For those of you unfamiliar with macramé, let us help you out.
“Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot (a variant of the reef knot) and forms of ‘hitching’: various combinations of half hitches.” -Wikipedia.org
It was popular in the U.S. during the 1970s, lending a bohemian flair to clothing, jewelry and of course, home decor. However, macramé’s history extends much farther back than that.
“In the Western Hemisphere, macramé is believed to have originated with 13th-century Arab weavers. These artisans knotted the excess thread and yarn along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils. The Spanish word macramé is derived from the Arabic migramah, believed to mean ‘striped towel’, ‘ornamental fringe’ or ‘embroidered veil’.” -Wikipedia.org
The art of macramé spread to the U.S. slowly.
“Sailors made macramé objects in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them when they landed, thus spreading the art to places like China and the New World. Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes and belts from macramé.” -Wikipedia.org
Whatever its origin, we really like the chill vibe a piece of macramé adds to a space. It feels both old and new, perfectly vintage modern.
If you are feeling the macramé vibe like we are, grab our latest addition. It is an epic macramé plant hanger curtain that was crafted by my lovely mother. (What can I say, I come by the crafting/DIY thing pretty honestly.)