Macramé: What’s Knot To Love?

macrame wall hanging

Ma – cra – may. You’ve probably seen or heard this word somewhere before, whether it was over 50 years ago (my mother tells me it was a very popular fad back in the 1970s) or in the last few years or so. Mum also likes to tell me that everything that was cool “back in her day” is becoming cool again today. While I wouldn’t necessarily say “everything”, this is definitely true in the case of macramé.

What is Macramé?

The French word “macramé” roughly translates to mean “hand knotted.” So when people talk about macramé, they’re referring to a textile, typically made of cotton yarns or cord, produced using an intricate array of knots and knotting techniques. Authentic macramé pieces are made by hand, so no two are ever exactly alike.

Because they’re handmade, you can even make your own macramé pieces right at home for a fun DIY project!

Shop the Macrame Tote Bag from The Beach People online now at Zanui.

Shop the Macrame Tote Bag from The Beach People online now at Zanui.

Working Macramé Into Your Décor

Earlier in the year, we predicted that bohemian interiors would be super on-trend in 2018. Coincidentally, anything macramé is right at home in a boho interior! It also looks great in eclectic, coastal, and organic-inspired spaces, because of its handmade, relaxed, and natural appeal.

Don’t feel limited by these aesthetics, though. If you like the look and feel of macramé, you should go for it regardless of your décor theme. It’s such a beautiful and versatile decorative accent, and there are so many different ways you can work it into your aesthetic, whatever it may be.

Wall hangings

Shop the Rae Wall Hanging from Linen House online now at Zanui,

Shop the Rae Wall Hanging from Linen House online now at Zanui,

These are probably the most popular form of macramé. They provide a beautiful alternative to traditional wall art like paintings and canvases – plus, because they’re so much lighter, they’re a lot easier to install! Macramé wall hangings look great placed above a bed or sofa, but really they look great just about anywhere.

Hanging planters

macrame hanging planter

Macramé hanging planters are a true throwback to the 1970s. They fit snuggly around your potted plants and hang from the ceiling. A hanging planter can effortlessly add dimension and height to your space and bring a vibrant, fresh energy to your décor.

Cushions & soft accents

macrame cushion

Shop the Moloka Cushion from Bambury online now at Zanui.

Cushions with a macramé design either on one side or both are perfect for bringing texture and relaxed good looks to your lounge space. Pair them with other scatter cushions and a lightweight linen or cotton throw for on-trend casual style.

In addition to cushions, you can find macramé knotted designs in other soft home accents including table runners, place mats, throw rugs, and more!

Shop the Woodstock Table Runner from Linen House online now at Zanui.

Shop the Woodstock Table Runner from Linen House online now at Zanui.

Furniture

macrame hanging chair

Shop the Macrame Outdoor Hanging Chair from Tropicana Hammocks online at Zanui.

You can sometimes find macramé elements present in furniture, such as ottomans, hammocks, and hanging chairs. While a cushion is a bit more subtle, furniture with macramé detailing really promotes a laidback, chilled out, beachy aesthetic.

 

Elizabeth is an aspiring content writer and copy editor from Sydney, Australia, with a degree in Media & Communications from the University of New South Wales. When she isn't writing for Zanui, she's usually attempting further study, burying her head in a YA fiction novel (or writing her own), pestering her cat, or desperately trying to keep her small potted succulent alive.