Suzanis, hand-embroidered tribal textiles made in Central Asia since the 15th century, are a wonderful way to add color, pattern, and interest to a space. They come in many colors, are made primarily from cotton, and contain natural designs such as depictions of the sun, the moon, flowers, vines, and animals.
Below are some close-up examples of antique embroidered Suzanis:
Here is a Suzani stand in a market in Tajikistan, full of the brightly colored textiles:
Fabrics employing traditional Suzani designs are used in everything from upholstery to table linens.
Below are some uses of Suzanis in modern decorating:
As a bedspread:
As a throw blanket:
As a tablecloth:
As upholstery fabric:
As wall art:
Suzanis are a simple way to infuse a space with rich color, bold patterns, and a bit of ethnic style and drama. They add visual interest and exotic beauty to any space. What do you think of Suzanis?