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These are the best global destinations for interior design in 2019

Design travel is a big trend for 2019 as travellers look to explore the world’s creative cities, culture and creators. With this in mind, bespoke tour operator, Vivid Travel, has compiled its recommendations for 2019’s top destinations and markets offering authentic interior design inspiration. It says that these destinations will provide all budding interior designers with inspiration.

Oven tapestries and rugs in Peru

You can peruse colourful Peruvian goods on a market stall. Image: Vivid Travel

You’ll find Peru’s infamous market in the beautiful Sacred Valley, filled with vibrant colours, woven textiles and art. The Pisac market offers an opportunity to explore Peru’s handicrafts and design history, and is great for tapestries, rugs and clothing. From here, Vivid Travel suggests visiting the Awanacancha, an Andean textile centre focused on keeping Incan textile art alive. Here visitors are able to explore the museum showcasing traditional methods and ancient weaving techniques along with demonstrations from the local women.  See more information here.

Silks and tribal art in India

Traditional crafts in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Image: Vivid Travel

Visiting the historic Indian markets of Rajasthan is a captivating sensory experience, and the main attractions for interior design seekers is the endless selection of silk throws and traditional ethnic art. The Hathi Pol Bazar in Udaipur is a must-visit destination known for its Rajasthani paintings. To further explore the skills behind this art form, Vivid Travel takes travellers to Bagru, where over 100 textile printing factories can be found. Visitors will be taken through this delicate process of printing designs onto fine fabrics before being given the chance to have a go at their own piece, as a memento of their time there. Find out more here.

Lanterns and woodwork in Vietnam

Lanterns hanging in the Market Street of Hoi An. Image: Vivid Travel

Impressive hand-painted lanterns and beautifully crafted wooden bowls, vases and plates can be found in the heritage town of Hoi An in Vietnam. These are the perfect purchases to integrate Asian flair into your home, and further information can be found here.

Handmade furniture and graffiti in South Africa

A safari lodge wood carving in South Africa. Image: Vivid Travel

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city, and it used to be known as the city of gold. Maboneng is a cool neighbourhood within it with a blooming artsy, creative scene. Make your way to Jeppestown or Newtown where you can find the trendiest commissioned graffiti, which may provide inspiration for children’s bedrooms. If you stay in a safari lodge at Madikwe Game Reserve, you can order the same dark wood furniture directly to your home. Check out trips to South Africa here.

Wax dyeing in Indonesia

Batik art is a method of producing coloured designs on textiles. Image: Vivid Travel

If you visit Java, the historical epicentre of Indonesia, you can explore batik art, a method of producing coloured designs on textiles by dyeing them and applying wax. Guests can visit Beringharjo, the most famous market place, for locally-made batik fabric to inspire their next room renovation. You can check out information on trips to Indonesia here.

Aboriginal art in Australia

Aboriginal rock painting in Australia. Image: Vivid Travel

Kuku Yalanji guides demonstrate the knowledge of diverse environments of tropical north Queensland in Australia, along with their history, stories and culture in and around Mossman Gorge, their traditional homeland. The onsite art gallery and shop showcases the art and crafts of the local Kuku Yalanji artists, and offers their local knowledge of local traditional paint, prints, fabrics, wood and paper. Further information can be found here.

Maori carvings in New Zealand

A Maori wood carving in New Zealand. Image: Vivid Travel

Maori culture is a rich and varied one, and traditional arts such as carving, weaving and moko (tattoo) are practised throughout New Zealand. Guests of Vivid Travel can join the cultural experience at the Tamaki Maori Village, while browsing the carvings and weaves on offer. Information on trips to New Zealand is available here.