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Inspired By: African-Style Patterns

There’s an African proverb that says “Greatness and beauty do not belong to the gods alone.” We like to think the author of that little saying was talking about African textiles, which have long featured some of the most stunning patterns and weaves and are favorites of ours for spicing up home decor.

We especially love African patterns that feature bold, repeating geometrics; these give the illusion of movement and “rhythm,” as well as visual texture. Case in point: Annie’s new Mali and Mosi indoor/outdoor rugs. With their contrasting shapes on versatile camel and indigo backgrounds, these rugs might just be our new decorating besties for any room that could use a dash of global glam. We’re also partial to the fringed ends—an extra personality punch—and their ridiculously easy-care weave; just rinse with a hose or in the tub, scrub gently with a bit of soapy water, rinse again, and hang to dry.





But why stop there? Here are some other African inspirations—in indigo, one of the most common colors in African patterns, and one that’s easy to pair with just about any other color—to get you warmed up.



1. Diamond Denim/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug
2. Ikat French Blue Scarf
3. Fresh American Le Tote Navy/Ivory Tote Bag Moyen
4. Mali Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Rug
5. Mosi Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Rug
6. Resist Stripe Indigo Napkin
7. Riviera Voile French Blue Ankle Length Nu-mu
8. Uma Resist Indigo Quilt

Like what you see? Tell us why you love African-style patterns and you’ll be entered to win one of Annie’s Mali indoor/outdoor rugs, size 3’x5′, in the color of your choice! Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below for 4 easy ways to enter! Contest ends on Tuesday, January  14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. View the full details.

Congratulations to our winner, Alina  from Michigan! 


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Jana Pernsteiner January 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

I love the tribal influences and the trend to blue and white! Would go perfectly in my home. 🙂

Lori L. January 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm

These patterns seem to be really popular right now but I believe that they are also the type of pattern that is timeless so it won’t go out of style! Love the blue and white!

amy williams January 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I love the beautiful colors and patterns

Pamela Bolton January 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Really liking the indigo in your new designs.

Pam C. January 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I love the colors, the patterns, the symmetry, the stories and the history.

Mary A Sizemore January 8, 2014 at 8:49 am

I love the pattern play in African textiles, whether it be on clothing, floor covering or bedding!

Sean C January 8, 2014 at 9:35 am

I love the vibrant colors they have. I also love that it basically matches anything anywhere.

Alina January 8, 2014 at 9:37 am

I love them because I think they have a timeless elegance to them.

Monique Morris January 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

I love African style patterns because of the symmetry and colors. They seem to bring joy to any space by their simple design. It can be incorporated into any room. 🙂

Susan Penzotti January 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

A fresh , go with everything style that would look fresh and fun in my house

Debra Lee January 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

I love the prints because they always add life to a room!

Meghan Finley January 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm

They are always vibrant and unique

joseph gersch January 11, 2014 at 11:36 am

i love african style patterns because they are exotic

alaine January 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Because they are unique and beautiful!

Therese January 12, 2014 at 1:29 am

Love this — it’s the new chevron/ikat for sure! And much more classic.

Cindi January 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

African style decor tends to stand out on its’
own merit and adds texture, color and wonderful
design to our home!
Thanks, Cindi

brigitte January 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

love all, indigo and white my favorite

Lauren P January 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Love most African Styles!

Donna Ouimette January 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I like the designs (geometrical)!

Jennifer January 13, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Love these patterns! They blend so well with other traditional patterns like florals and stripes, to give just a little modern kick to the combination.

The Hill Hangout January 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

The African designs have such interesting patterns and colors. I love them!

Stella January 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Patterns from African textiles have a spiritual and mythical quality about them. I’ve always felt that African patterns have boldness to them with their symbolic qualities and a rhythmic movement that make them almost instrumental. I love how Annie has modernized the African style patterns in the Mali Collection. The reoccurring patterns and bold beats of the design will make an exciting addition to any home.

kayla January 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

For me, African patterns are a great way to bring pattern into a space in a modern, fresh way. I especially love a larger pattern on a rug mixed with a smaller pattern in a complementary color used on pillows to liven up a living space.


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