April 13, 2011
So what is a Suzani? It is an elaborate embroidered textile, usually cotton or silk that was traditionally used as a dowry gift to the groom on his wedding day. The Suzani tradition grew out of the ancient silk road textile trade and continues to represent popular themes of home, love and kinship through its designs.
The moon, sun and flowers are some of the most popular circular designs and recently the popular suzani’s have popped up in home decor fabrics with a contemporary twist on the antique pieces.
Suzani Throws are used beautifully as Wall Art in the bedroom:
Martyn Bullard Elle Decor
Or on the Bed as a graphic statement:
The motif is everywhere in Fabric: (Fabric: richloom, Jed Johnson, Waverly, Fabric.com)
And Pillows: (Peter Dunham, Nathan Turner, Pier1, Kathryn Ireland)
I’ve never been to the far east, or the middle east for that matter, but I am still drawn to these pieces and marvel at the workmanship. There are inexpensive Suzani’s to be had on eBay and there are local stores that sell them too. You know the shops that sell sarongs, scarves and funky sun dresses, those ones! Dig around and you may find some treasures. I recently stumbled upon one of these stores at Bastion Square right scross from those hideous giant tulips. I don’t recall the name of the place but it’s packed to the rafters with esatern textiles and clothing. Sometimes rug importers have Suzani textiles too. Check it out.
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