The influence of the wild in our interiors and our personal attire is certainly not a recent introduction to the world of interior design or fashion. The attraction and seduction of the prints and patterns of the wild have long been distinctively embellishing interior spaces and fashioning a bold statement for centuries. Animal print that resembles the skin and fur of animals, such as the leopard, cheetah, zebra and tiger, have certainly advanced throughout the years to acquire a timeless status. Alas, when used in moderation this pattern is an exotic and elegant addition to our spaces and an edgy, yet classic, addition to our attire. Harmonious style from the high fashion runways and the interior design world, indeed.
Considered extravagant, esteemed and luxurious, the real furs that have graced historic interiors and clad the stylish and fashionable set throughout history, were a symbol of wealth and status due to the exotic nature and the expense of attainment. Archeologists state that animal skins were worn for warmth and protection in the earliest known days of mankind. Those forerunners certainly had an instinctual understanding of the benefits of the natural world around them! Native Americans also used hides to build tepees and wigwams as well as for clothing and kayaks. The animal pattern has also been referred to as “Africa Chic’ and it is said that even today African royalty will carry an element of the leopard pattern within their attire, perhaps as a nod to to the popularity the patterns had with the Zulu kings of South African culture. Indeed, throughout history, kings and nobles of high stature have historically adorned interiors with animal rugs, often hung on the castle walls, as signs of prestige, prominence and wealth. The use of animal skins as rugs span the time from the beginning of civilization. Today, it is more common to find such stunning faux versions of these timeless rugs and elements of the wild in printed form. Of interest, it is said that animal print became popular for women in the United States in the late 1960’s during what is known as the “Bohemian” movement. The original term “Bohemian” referred to travelers or refugees from central Europe and in modern usage the term “Bohemian” usually refers to an unconventional and artistic lifestyle. Regardless of its “Bohemian” reference, there certainly is a “traveled” element to the visual statement of the animal print. Bold and brave, the graphic patterning of the animal print not only draws the eye but provides an immediate focal point to a room or to one’s attire. A worthy, timeless detail for certain.
Consider the timeless attraction of the classic animal print. Again, when used in moderation as an accent, the exotic appeal perhaps adds an element of brazen and spirited pride of the animal itself. Adding the energy,interest and sophistication to our interior spaces or wardrobes are classic additions for a fashionable look. Seasonless elements of style. Interestingly, the versatile additions of animal print are actually considered neutral accents. Who knew? Perhaps it can be attributed to their key ability to blend with diverse interior styles and personal fashion styles. A confident and adventurous statement of pattern and often, of texture. Unexpected and distinctive drama.
A touch of the wild with the addition of animal print will never go out of fashion, but will always be “chic” and in ‘vouge’. Whether found in clothing and accessories, textiles, rugs or painted surfaces, the graphic designs and patterns of the animal print will leave us all captivated for years to come. Timeless pieces. Enhance your interiors and your attire with the touch of the wild. A classic, without question.