The Spice Route was an ancient thoroughway for highly traded spices from the Far East, such as cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger. Today, the spices’ gorgeous colors, ranging from bright reds to deep yellows to burnt oranges, can enrich any room. This palette of hues is found on furnishings, like poufs, ottomans, and upholstery, and brings to mind the exotic locales along the route.
From India to Morocco, awe-inspiring architecture and buildings dotted the historic trading route. Grand arches, columns, and large-scale geometric carvings are among the monumental shapes that have also long been used in furniture in those regions. Most notable are wood tables carved with diamonds and arches, as well as teardrop pendant lights and cylindrical lanterns.
Much like the impressive architecture, eye-catching patterns are emblematic of the furniture and decor of the far-flung places that skirt the historic Spice Route. Nature-inspired florals, interlocking trellises, and colorful ikats are popular motifs that can be found on upholstered sofas and chairs, ottomans, and gorgeous bone-inlay designs.