suzani textiles


Lately I have been seen suzani textiles everywhere: in magazines, on blogs, in interior stylist photos etc. I don’t mind as I love these antique textiles. They are a great way to give a eclectic and unique atmosphere to your home.

For those not familiair with the term Suzani: this is an antique and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asia countries.

As you can see in these images, there are various ways for using a suzani as interior decoration. A small suzani is great as a wall-hanging (top photo), a larger one can be used as a tablecloth (second image). I also love the idea to use them to conceal a wardrobe as has been done in these images (above and below) that I found in Domino Magazine.

Online store Uzek Craft has a great collection of suzani. But I would certainly look on Ebay as well. Ebaystores Desert of Suzani and Great Silk Road have beautiful Suzanis and the prices are very reasonable. Depending on size and condition, you can ‘score’ an suzani for $50-150. By the way, the suzani featured in these photos is from Samarkand, Uzbekistan. A feature of the Samarkand embroidery suzani is the colour palette on a white or red background, having formed at the turn of centuries.

(images from Selina Lake and Domino magazine)

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