Thursday, March 7, 2013

Suzanis in the interior design world


Suzanis are used as decorative elements by a lot of renowned interior designers.

001Suzanne Tucker via 1stdibs


Authentic suzanis are hand-embroidered textiles originating from Central Asia, made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and other Central Asian countries. Suzanis are sewn using bright, vibrant colors. Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers (especially tulips and irises), leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates), and occasional fish and birds.

Suzani with pomegranata design.



Suzanis are often made in two or more pieces, that are then stitched together.

The oldest surviving suzanis are from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but it seems likely that they were in use long before that.

Suzanis were traditionally made by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry, and were presented to the groom on the wedding day.

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Suzanis hung at the head of the bed instead of a headboard.

004Douglas Mackie


It's also quite popular to use suzanis as rugs.

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S1Pomegranata Ivory rug – The Rug Company


A suzani used as a bed cover or throw.

003Douglas Mackie via House & Garden August 2012


002Richard Shapiro via AD


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A Suzani used as a seat throw.

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Natalie Haegeman has draped a suzani over a table as a tablecloth.

005Natalie Haegeman Interiors


Lots of ready-made suzani pillows to find on ebay.




Nowadays there is a huge range of suzani inspired fabrics.



I have always loved the colorful suzani pillows.

009 Suzani pillows in the chaise longue of our bedroom.  Brunschwig & Fils fabric Dzhambul.

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Suzani inspired fabrics used as furniture upholstery.

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Do you love the decorative suzanis as much as I do ?





  1. All beautiful works of art Greet! Particularly love the Richard Shapiro photo....

    Have a lovely day.


  2. Hello Greet, I love suzani very much too. For that matter I admire Katherine Ireland's fabric collection. She created quite a few suzani inspired patterns and incorporated them in her vibrant and oh so cheerful designs. Such a beautiful splash of color. Thank you for this colorful post.

  3. I love the splash of color Suzanis bring to a room and have sold many antique pieces. And if you're looking for a touch of ethnic in a room these are perfect.


  4. they are gorgeous, and love seeing them utilized in different ways. the bed cover in the douglas mackie image is what stole my attention!


  5. Such gorgeous ones you featured! Greet, can you believe that when we were in Samarkand...gosh, ten years ago? the time the Suzanis were not yet as sought after as they are now. If anything, we considered them a little too rustic so brought back a huge piece of rose and gold silk--100 years old--instead. But why oh why couldn't we have brought back both?! And a carpet?

  6. Very beautiful Greet! what a vibrant prints, i love it. I think Zara Home has got similar one. xx

  7. The suzani print is certainly beautiful, it doesn't fit into my decor, but it really is gorgeous!

  8. So lovely blogg and beautifull pictures!
    Greetings and hugs from Finland from decoratingblogg SisustEllen♥

  9. Omg, TOO funny. I have ALWAYS done that, except I do it when I’m working on projects for my clients! I put the project together, leave my studio, then come back around from another direction. I’ve always called it “sneaking up on my design.” Like you said, you can’t make this stuff up – ask my former coworkers!

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  13. A great post without any doubt. The information shared is of top quality which has to get appreciated at all levels. Well done keep up the good work.

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  15. Such as an awesome post. I think these beautiful decorative elements will never grow old.

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  16. This is so cool. I am such a huge fan of their work. I really am impressed with this collection of suzani pillows that looks wonderful. I am interested to buy some pillow for my bedroom.If you can share the price of it then it will be big help for me.