Suzani Style

source unknownA kaleidoscope of color and pattern, the suzani is a decorative tribal textile from the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan. Made as part of a bride’s dowry, suzanis were traditionally used as decorative wall hangings, bed covers, table cloths, and prayer mats.

Suzani is derived from the Persian word suzan, which means “needle”. They are made on a light-colored cotton or silk base which is heavily embroidered with colored silk thread. Popular motifs include moon roundels, flowers, fruit (typically pomegranates), leaves, and birds. Suzanis are usually made in two or more sections and stitched together to create a finished piece.

Suzani fever has woven its way into our homes and hearts. As a traditional wall hanging, a suzani creates a spectacular alternative to a headboard, such as Paige Morse’s bedroom design shown below. Likewise, suzani bed covers and throws offer an artful bedroom focal point.

Some designers repurpose the textile by cutting it and creating new forms. Suzanis are installed on upholstered seating, like the settee above or as bold throw pillows, as seen in Jessica Helgerson‘s living room design.

With size limitations and (understandable) hesitation to alter hand-embroidered textiles, an alternative of fabric printed with suzani inspired patterns allows for greater design flexibility. Wide-width fabric allows for upholstery of larger furniture pieces such as sofas, chairs and headboards to achieve a similar look.

Colorful and ever so global, suzani style celebrates the beauty of life through traditional pattern. Be bold and check out some favorites below:

via Hillary Thomas Designs

via Hillary Thomas Designs

via Anthopologie, Inge Chair with Vintage Suzani

via Anthopologie, Inge Chair with Vintage Suzani

via Deborah French Designs

via Deborah French Designs

via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

via Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

via Tara Bussema

via Tara Bussema

via Chr Dauer Architects

via Chr Dauer Architects

via Vani Sayeed Studios

via Vani Sayeed Studios

via Paige Morse, photo by Sarah Greenman

via Paige Morse, photo by Sarah Greenman

via Emily Chalmers, photo by Debi Treolar

via Emily Chalmers, photo by Debi Treolar

via Heydt Designs

via Heydt Designs

via Katie Leede & Co.

via Katie Leede & Co.

via Steven Favreau Design

via Steven Favreau Design

via Garrison Hullinger Interior-Design, rug by Kush Handmade Rugs

via Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, rug by Kush Handmade Rugs

via calicocorners.com, Oh Suzani Fabric Collection

via calicocorners.com, Oh Suzani Fabric Collection

 

via Thibaut, Suzani woven fabric

via Thibaut, Suzani woven fabric

via F. Schumacher & Co., Konya Suzani

via F. Schumacher & Co., Konya Suzani

I couldn’t resist to go out in style…..

via O-Suzani Boot Co.

via O-Suzani Boot Co.

Related links:

Calico Corners

Chr Dauer Architects

Deborah French Designs

Emily Chalmers

F. Schumacher & Co.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Designs

Heydt Designs

Hillary Thomas Designs

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Katie Leede & Co.

Kush Handmade Rugs

Paige Morse

O-Suzani Boot Co.

Steven Favreau Design

Tara Bussema

Thibaut

Vani Sayeed Studios

*Marla Mallett sells antique and contemporary suzanis

Comments

  1. Lovely photos, I love Suzanis, so I made a collection of them for my webshop of pillows : Colección Suzani en http://www.cler-inlove.com . Kind regards, Laurette

  2. Karen,
    Thanks for including our Suzani rug on your blog! It was a lovely, well written article.
    Best,
    Brian & Rebecca

  3. I’m in love w/ the black Emily Chalmers chair!

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