Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Oh Suzani!

Vintage fabrics come in many forms and textures - pillow covers, doilies, designer dresses, ethnic costume, and antique carpets are all possibilities. The element of appeal is the quality of old.

The Suzani is an embroidered, decorative textile that originates from the tribes of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the other Central Asian countries. The term "suzani' means needlework. Characteristically, suzanis are canvases of threaded silk designs, bright flowers and scrolling vines.

Today suzanis are a sought after collector's item for those fascinated by vintage and ethnic fabrics. You can find a huge selection of them though at Yurdan, a wonderful site for the eclectic decorator.
(The above image is from the pages of Domino magazine featuring a Suzani from