As you may know, I really enjoy graphic prints, texture, and nods to ethnicity. Suzanis seem to capture all of those traits. Suzanis are native to central Asia; for centuries they have been presented to the groom as part of the bride's dowry. They are gorgeous and colorful and range in size and shape.
I first fell in love with them last year in Palm Springs (yes I go on an on about PS, I know). Jonathan Adler uses one draped over a sofa in the lobby at the Parker (see below). Since then I have wondered what they were and how I could get my hands on one (or two or three).
Have a look on Ebay, but make sure you read descriptions and know what size and condition you are buying. They really make a stunning statement in any room as a throw, wall-hanging, as pillows, or even a tablecloth. Have a gander at some inspiring photos below.
|A Martyn Lawrence Bullard decorated room at Colony Palms (in PS of course) using a Suzani as a headboard. Gorgeous. And PS I love Million Dollar Decorators.|
|The suzani draped on the central sofa in the Parker Hotel lobby. The first one I loved. What a chic way to dress up a boring sofa (read: your white twill one from Ikea would get a whole new life with one of these...).|