Using tribal influences in interiors is nothing new - we have always brought back souvenirs from travels to display at home, but this has ramped up significantly of late and we thought we would take a look at the more modern take on the tribal aesthetic.
The key decorative elements of Art, Lighting, Rugs and beaded decorative accessories have been significant tools in the rise of the Tribal look. Stores such as the South African emporium Weylandts which has opened it's first store outside Africa in Melbourne, alongside other local stalwarts (Manyara Home, Les Interieurs and Home by Tribal to name a few) are championing this vogue.
The Beni Ourain rugs from Morocco have been embraced by followers of the global tribal trend, and with it's undyed natural wool with quite graphic patterns, it adds a more contemporary feel compared to more traditional colourful ethnic carpets.
You can evoke a feeling of contemporary tribal in a very subtle way - below we see the use of a traditional rug and ottoman with flowing natural black curtains dressing a modern pivot window, simultaneously classically tribal and bang up to date.
A sophisticated example of this trend, is the display of wooden masks below combined with a timeless neutral palette with metallic accents. Additionally, the vintage trend compliments the tribal - the combination of timber, metal and retro accessories works well with the ethnic upholstery fabric on the chair.
The rise of the 'juju hat' is intrinsically linked to this look. These feather headdresses are traditionally made by the Bamileke people of Northern Cameroon and as they are highly portable, we have seen these used to stunning effect in interiors as a result.
The enduring trend in interiors where we are drawn to the home-made, hand-crafted and authentic is perfectly suited to the modern tribal look - here simply by adding some batik-style pillows to this bed is all that is required to add that global vibe.
The reason for this rise in the modern Tribal trend is perhaps because it works so well alongside other aesthetics - from coastal influences (coral, shells etc), to Scandinavian layering of natural materials and to vintage eclectic themes. Perhaps more than this, the fact we are striving to create authenticity and a respect for handcrafted elements within our interiors is why we are seeing the evolution of the Tribal.
It's hard not to love don't you think?!