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Decorating With Suzanis

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:

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Here is a Suzani stand in a market in Tajikistan, full of the brightly colored textiles:

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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:

Architectural Digest
Barbara Bush’s NYC apartment via Vogue


Summer Thornton via Pinterest

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Architectural Digest

As a throw blanket:

Architectural Digest
One Kings Lane via Pinterest
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Carlos Garcia Interiors Instagram

As a tablecloth:

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Architectural Digest

As upholstery fabric:

Ben Pentreath via House and Garden UK
Carolina Irving via Pinterest
Kathryn Ireland via Pinterest
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Coastal Living

As wall art:

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House Beautiful
Rue Mag

For a nice selection of vintage and modern Suzanis available for purchase, check out Chairish and  Etsy.  There are Suzani inspired pillows for sale at Pottery Barn.

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?



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