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Meet the designer of new bright and bold textiles

Designer Kangan Arora is driven by a love of colour, geometry and visual storytelling. See how she’s bringing her passion for pattern to this season’s new textiles.

Multicolour patterned fabric draped across colourful frames in a pink room.
Multicolour patterned fabric draped across colourful frames in a pink room.
A portrait of Kangan Arora standing against a rough wall.

Inspired by India

“A place and a culture have a strong bearing on your design narrative,” says Kangan, who grew up in North India in an area with a rich textile history. “My dream is to bring the joy of Indian textiles into every home, so IKEA is a perfect collaboration.”

I like to explore geometry, overlapping, layering and repetition, as well as finding patterns in unexpected everyday places.

Kangan Arora

A close-up of multicolour patterned fabric draped across a rail.

Playing with pattern

Kangan started her design process by looking at abstract and minimalist artists like Ellsworth Kelly and Carmen Herrera, then played with shape and colour. “I’m excited to get the SIGRUNN fabric. I’ll make it into a tablecloth, it will make fun curtains too.”

Black and white striped cushions on a wooden step.

Design legacy

During the project, Kangan visited the Textile Playground exhibition at the IKEA Museum in Sweden. “It was inspiring to see a legacy in printed textiles going back over 50 years. I had the scope to explore and be playful.”

The monochrome SVALLERUP rug is also double-sided, so it has an extended life and can give you two different looks.

Kangan Arora

Textiles are my favourite way to refresh my home. A rug is a great way to transform a space without painting the walls.

Kangan Arora

A figure sits among a pile of black and white striped cushions in a wooden frame.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

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