Sweet Suzani

I absolutely love the richness and tradition behind embroidered Suzani textiles. The colorful, needlepointed fabric dates as far back as the late 18th century and was often exchanged like currency or used as dowry payments in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. In case you’re in the market for authentic Suzani, eBay has a huge selection with great prices. You can thank me later!

(via Elle Decor, Lonny, Camille Styleshere, here, here, here, & here)

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  1. Sweet Suzani indeed! Very clever!
    And how gorgeous are all those fabrics!
    I love this so much!!!
    Pinning all of it!

    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  2. love these prints! such pretty fabric!
    xo, Tina
    TINACIOUS.ME

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  3. Xeana wrote:

    Gorgeous prints. So different! And for every taste!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

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  4. Molly wrote:

    These are so pretty! I’m extra excited to know the name of the textile, too! Yay for learning!
    Thanks!

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  5. Kate wrote:

    Agreed! I want to cover every surface of my apartment in suzanis – windows, ceilings, countertops…

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  6. style-xyz wrote:

    oh yeah, they are really sweet 🙂

    http://style-xyz.blogspot.com/

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  7. Jaeger wrote:
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  8. Jessie wrote:

    same here. the patterns are absolutely gorgeous and i really love the way that they are paired together.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

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  9. Marina wrote:

    Holy wow these are amazing! I am originally from Kazakhstan, and have always loved traditional designs like these – wish I could have them ALL!

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  10. marilena wrote:

    i love this style!i ‘m from romania and i think is great to have a similar design at home!great pictures you chosed!http://msfashionstreet.blogspot.com/

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  11. Lovely print designs!

    http://aurelieandangelo.com/

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  12. CUTE

    ROOMS

    I need the first one. =)

    U
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    MY New     N E L L Y    HEELS in:

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    XOXO from MUNICH

    La Vie Quotidienne

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  13. Julie Khuu wrote:

    LOVE it used as bedding…there’s something just so sumptuously exotic about climbing into bed with this beauty…especially in hot pink! Stunning!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com

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  14. Just found you all via pinterest for this post and I love the site! Keep up the good work, wtf.

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  15. Stephanie wrote:

    Whoa. You just started something.

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  16. Vicky wrote:

    Hey,

    We also love suzani. In fact the origins of suzani are much older, coming from the Sogdian era of the 7th and 8th century. These days, some of the skills have been lost, but we (the National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan) are reviving the skills and making high quality new works under our SOHSA initiative.

    Suzanis from Tajikisan have very distinctive features and have very high quality embroidery work. Plus through our initiative we are providing a sustainable income for women living in poverty.

    You can find out more about us and our new works through our facebook page
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.338473639526692.82606.259190890788301&type=1&l=2299c102aa
    and get some inspiration from our sohsa website http://sohsa.nabwt.tj/ Although it is in Russian, there are plenty of pictures of beautiful works.

    We hope you enjoy!

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  17. Alison wrote:

    What gorgeous designs! I love colors in the home 🙂

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

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  18. ah i love this! such good inspo for my new apt : ) !

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  19. I want that chair on the second photo!

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  20. This is so beautiful, thank you for showing!

    x

    Lucy

    http://www.fadeandshine.com

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  21. january wrote:

    wow. gorgeous. that first chair is my absolute favourite.
    january, x
    jessicajanuary.com

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  22. Cassidie wrote:

    Love the use of pattern!

    http://sa-vor.blogspot.com/

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  23. francesca wrote:

    really gorgeous stuff. I always enjoy the things you post.. especially this one

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  24. I just pinned the shit out of this post! You guys are amazing. Thank you for introducing this to me, I’m now buying it all on eBay.

    xx
    Sonia

    http://RunwayHippie.com

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  25. I love these textiles – have a project that they are going to be perfect for. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!

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  26. Jackson wrote:

    How evolved of the Uzbeks to use beautiful garments as tender. What a wonderful futuristic Old World concept. I’ve often wondered how different the whole game would be if intellect could be used as legal tender. Imagine having to pay for groceries by composing a sonnet or solving an algebra equation. I’ll definitely check ebay for some authentic suzani. Thx 4 the heads up.

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