Ever so often, while perusing through photos in cyberspace, certain textiles just “pop” out at me. Suzani is one of those international types of textile that seem to have the classic presence which transcends various styles of decor. Following, is the Wikipedia definition and explanation about Suzani:
Suzani is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. Suzani is from the Persian سوزن Suzan which means needle.
Suzanis usually have a cotton (sometimes silk) fabric base, which is embroidered in silk or cotton thread. Chain, satin, and buttonhole stitches are the primary stitches used. There is also extensive use of couching, in which decorative thread laid on the fabric as a raised line is stitched in place with a second thread. Suzanis are often made in two or more pieces, that are then stitched together.
Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers (especially tulips, carnations, and irises), leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates), and occasional fish and birds.
Suzanis were traditionally made by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry, and were presented to the groom on the wedding day.
Here are some interiors that range in style, quantity and quality (authentic, inspired or prints) containing the central Asian motifs of Suzani.
So, if you like having a dash of “well-traveled” or any ethnic elements in your room(s), consider Suzani and don’t be afraid to mix patterns :)