Indigo: The Color with the Worldly Pedigree

By on July 13, 2016, in Bedding, Fashion Trends, Home and Furniture, Soft Surroundings

When someone says the word “indigo” the first thing that might pop into your head is denim jeans—as American as apple pie. But the color indigo has a colorful history that is centuries-old and touches nearly every part of the globe.

The ancient world used the indigo plant to dye cloth deep blue. Egyptian artifacts show the use of indigo as far back as 1600 BC. Wearing indigo textiles was a symbol of royalty and wealth in the ancient cultures of India, Africa, Indonesia, China, Japan and Central America.

In fact, during the Middle Ages indigo was called “blue gold” and prized as highly as chocolate, coffee and silk on the Silk Road.

Most indigo dye is synthetically produced now, but either way, it hasn’t lost its transcendent beauty. More than any other color, indigo is timeless and 21st century.

Said to reduce stress and promote healing, indigo is an ideal color for the bedroom. Don’t fret that it might look too dark or gloomy. Instead use indigo pieces as décor punctuation marks to liven things up and give the room depth.

6AD12Our Adivasi throw and pillow are just right for adding a touch of richness and majesty to a bedroom. These pieces have that modern primitive quality that tribal textiles—especially indigo ones—always have. They look exceptionally great in a room with classic architectural features like crown molding and trim because they loosen up the lines.

In many ways, indigo is better than classic navy. And it’s gorgeous paired with white, so experiment by substituting indigo where you have the urge to use black and white.

Our Slub Silk Pillow, with its large mother-of-pearl button couldn’t look better on a white or off-white sofa. And our luxurious indigo Slub Silk Drapery Panels zing with color and texture against matte white walls. Well, to be honest, they look great with almost any color walls!


The process of dyeing cloth with natural indigo pigment is laborious and time-consuming. Cotton cloth needs to be soaked in the dye 15-20 times to achieve the color desired. Silk must be soaked up to 40 times!

Drying the dyed cloth in the sun deepens the color even further. And this is important so that over time, the color fades to indigo’s wonderful worn look.

One last note about versatile, venerable indigo: because it is blue, with a touch of red in it, it works well with almost any other color on the color wheel. So spread our Adivasi throw on the couch or bed and accent it with the pop of a yellow or green pillow, or peach rug. You’ll be pleased at the depth and character indigo brings to a room.