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Untapped Resource: Antique Suzanis For a Steal!

While clicking through dozens of pictures during a late night Google Image search for suzanis, I stumbled upon the mother ship. If you're a sucker for central Asian prints like suzanis and ikats, you must check out Uzbek Craft, an online store stocked with Oriental textiles. Aside from offering fabrics, they also carry pretty pillows and jewelry. My favorite though, is their gallery of breathtaking vintage suzanis, which are astonishingly reasonable at a price range of $50-$300.

There are several stages to creating these magnificent textiles. First, a pattern is drawn on the fabric to serve as a guide for the embroidery. Then a group of artists, usually family members, work on embroidering separate panels of fabric using colorful silk thread. Once the panels are complete, they are sewn together to create a cohesive piece of cloth.

The layered process of creating a suzani is reflected in interior designer Kathryn Ireland's approach to incorporating the prints in her work. The varying patterns and pops of color in the suzani pieces she uses make for eclectic and warm spaces. Keep reading to see some of my favorite examples of Kathryn Ireland's layered suzani rooms!

I love how Kathryn uses this beautiful print to cover the bedroom walls instead of designating it for drapes.

I like the idea of choosing pillows by the prints that catch your eye instead of focusing too much on coordinating the colors. Using a multicolored striped rug is a great way to unify a somewhat random mix.

Varying the scales of your suzani prints is a great way to layer the patterns without overwhelming a room. I think the stars of this sitting room are definitely the upholstered chairs!

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