Win A Suzani Cushion And Get Inspired

14 November 2012 0


I have a soft spot for home textiles. And I certainly love traditionally produced and locally sourced pieces from around the world. Today I would like to take you to central Asia, to be precise to Uzbekistan, the home of traditional Suzanis and Ikats. 

The colourful designs, rich patterns, handmade embroideries add textures and interest to any home. Sometimes the bold designs and vivid colours could be scary, but don’t be afraid, a Suzani or Ikat cushion could be blended into nearly every interior. Whether you go for a statement piece in a rather monochrome home (think of a white room, grey hues, black and white interiors) or you decide to go eclectic and bold like in the first two pictures by my fellow blogger and impeccable stylist Justina Blakeney, handmade Ikats and Suzanis from central Asia will definitely add interest to your home. 

A crucial fact when sourcing traditional textiles is its origin. I love to learn where the textile comes from, how it was sourced or produced. And I’ve found a great source for you: the Etsy shop Ikatsuzani. There you will find handmade pieces, new and vintage ones, all sourced from Uzbekistan. It can’t get any more original. 

So my friends, be brave! Be playful! I’d like to give one of you the chance to try it in your very own home. Thanks to Ikatsuzani shop you can win the Suzani cushion cover as shown here. It’s a Lumbar vintage Suzani that is hand-embroidered and rich in colours. All you have to do is visit the Ikatsuzani Etsy shop and leave a comment here under the blogpost telling me which piece is your personal favorite. 

The giveaway is open worldwide and runs till coming Thursday! Go for it, friends!

Photography: Coffee table and bedroom by Justina Blakeney, all other pictures via Ikatsuzani

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  • Reply Lakshmi 15 November 2012 at 03:49

    Great picks for how to bring in Ikat and Suzani into one’s decor. Loved the vintage Ikat pieces with that silken touch the most.

  • Reply Hanna 15 November 2012 at 05:50

    I like the Eclectic Vintage Hand Embroidered Suzani in Teal Turquoise Magenta Black Burgundy Red.

  • Reply Tim 15 November 2012 at 06:52

    fab post! I love the ikat polka dot the most and couldn’t decide if I like the yellow or the pink better!

  • Reply Sofia 15 November 2012 at 07:33

    The cushions look beautiful! Love the bedroom too.

  • Reply Anonymous 15 November 2012 at 08:09

    Ohh, I’ve been wanting a Suzani for years now… if only I could afford such nice things! I’ve always loved the Samarkand Suzani in red, maroon, and black one, simple but beautiful.

    moongazer515 (at) yahoo .com

  • Reply Katja 15 November 2012 at 08:52

    Wooow, I love ALL the products.. they are so colourful and full of happiness! But if I have to decide, I would choose the Silk Hand Embroidered and Hand Woven Suzani From Bukhara 🙂


  • Reply Johanna Tagada 15 November 2012 at 09:45

    Such a nice giveaway! And beautiful product and post to introduce them.

    If I could pick one it would be the Lumbar Vintage Suzani Hand Embroidered Pillow Cover ( Red, Yellow, Teal, Green) 16” x 22


  • Reply heim@kult 15 November 2012 at 09:47

    Eclectic Vintage Hand Embroidered Suzani (Wall Hanging, Bed Cover, Sofa Throw) Teal Turquoise Magenta Black Burgundy Red 79.5” x 40”
    this is my absolut favorite.

    Ich bin sozusagen Schockverliebt um den Satz von einer Bloggerkollegin zu benutzen!

  • Reply mojamania 15 November 2012 at 10:18

    They are so colorful! It’s difficult to choose… But Lumbar Vintage Suzani Hand Embroidered Pillow Cover is my favorite… 🙂

  • Reply LatteLisa LisaHjalt 15 November 2012 at 12:49

    I think I have to say that the cushion you are giving away is my favourite, that red colour and the pattern in beautiful. It would fit so well on the neutral leather sofa in the TV room. I also like the black antique hand embroidered ones.

    Common luck! 😉

  • Reply Lynn 15 November 2012 at 13:26

    Love it Igor! My favorite is a vintage pastel Suzani throw
    Lynn from Decor Arts Now

  • Reply Elli 15 November 2012 at 17:31

    I like the style!Remind me summer and exotic trips!
    Oh and congrats for the e-magazine!

  • Reply Adrian Valencia 15 November 2012 at 17:48

    i looooooooooooooooove the Extra Long Red Tribal Suzani Lumbar Vintage Hand Embroidered Pillow Cover ( Red, Yellow, Mint Green) 18” x 36” My flat is absolutely empty. This cushion will bring me joy!

  • Reply Kathrin 15 November 2012 at 18:40

    that shop is awesome. I love the embroidered textiles most. I couldn’t really decide which one catchs my attention., but for now it is the extra long red tribal suzani lumbar vintage hand embroidered pillow cover. absolutely beautiful.

  • Reply Angelica Medina 15 November 2012 at 19:20

    I like how the colors really pop on the Antique Hand Embroidered Suzani Pillow Case with Natural Linen Backing (Pink Coral Mustard Yellow Black Cream) 18 ” x 18”. Beautiful job of coordinating the colorways to make them so unique!!

  • Reply Smbumblebee 15 November 2012 at 19:23

    It is so easy to fall in love with all of the designs in this shop. My husband is Turkish and we love having items of Middle Eastern origin around the house. I have definitely fallen for this one:

  • Reply Harriet Crook 15 November 2012 at 19:35

    Hello all!

    How did I not know about Suzani before!! These cushions would make an amazing stand alone piece on one of my Ercol chairs…just the style i’ve been looking for. If you knew me, you’d know I have a rather big obsession with textile furnishings!

    For me I think this beautiful set of dusty brown/grey cushions are my fave! I love the subtle muted tones, colours that are echoed all around my house. But how could I choose, there all so devine!

    Hattie xo

  • Reply Anonymous 15 November 2012 at 19:43

    I am lying on my bed with my laptop on the lap while thinking: Wow, I wish that bedroom could be my bedroom. So beautiful! However I will go for it.

  • Reply Annie 15 November 2012 at 19:58

    I like them all, but I love the colors in this one:

  • Reply Cherry 15 November 2012 at 20:19

    It was so hard to pick one (like picking your favourite kid!) but my heart really resonates with……..Extra Long Red Tribal Suzani Lumbar Vintage Hand Embroidered Pillow Cover ( Red, Yellow, Mint Green) 18” x 36” (and I’m biting my lip not to mention my other favourites).
    Like your blog and thanks for sharing! Wonderful. Would look great in my Gypsy wagon (yes, I have one in my frontyard).

  • Reply Christel 15 November 2012 at 20:54

    I love the floor poufs! Such beautiful motifs, hope to be a lucky winner!

  • Reply Sarah 15 November 2012 at 22:23

    I have no idea how I would fit this into my home but I LOVE this one:

  • Reply gipsysoul 16 November 2012 at 09:37

    OMG, i like this one the most: Extra Long Red Tribal Suzani Lumbar Vintage Hand Embroidered Pillow Cover ( Red, Yellow, Mint Green) 18” x 36”

  • Reply unravelandmend 16 November 2012 at 14:24

    My favorite has to be the Shahrisabz Fully Hand Embroidered Floral Pillow Cover. I love the bright colours of the other pillows, but I so appreciate all the handwork on this one!

  • Reply Dropout! 16 November 2012 at 17:16

    Nice! My favorite in the shop is

  • Reply Laura 17 November 2012 at 11:54

    Ooooh, these are lovely! My fave item from the shop are the 1970s traditional Russian floral pillows – I love anything floral! My fingers are crossed 🙂 Laura @highstreethome

  • Reply Giova 18 November 2012 at 15:40

    Love these!! Especially this one which is more or less like the one on the giveaway, so I really hope it makes it all the way here 🙂 Great Giveaway by the way!!

  • Reply mariah 18 November 2012 at 16:55

    I love textiles. With a passion!!! Colors, time, expression, of long or short stories. My favorite, 1950-1960 extra large and long pillow case. Silk threads, with cream button back 20 by 52. Your page makes me happy.
    Thank you………

  • Reply g. 18 November 2012 at 17:10

    What an awesome giveaway!!! That bedroom looks dreamy! My favorite is this one I love florals but when it comes to Ikat I just can’t resist! I hope luck is on my side! Have a happy day!

  • Reply tina 18 November 2012 at 20:13

    A great giveaway!

    Love the cushion on offer. Very Happyinterior:)
    Here’s my favourite:

    Great etsy shop. Thanks for introduction.
    Fingers crossed.

  • Reply tanja 20 November 2012 at 12:04

    I fell in love with almost every piece of their textiles, oh oh oh! But finally was able to select one of them to be my favourite (ha, but still hungering all of them) :

    Thanks for this grrreat Etsy-tip, Igor!

  • Reply Leslie-Anne 20 November 2012 at 12:25

    My husband is from Mexico where the tradition of handmade textiles is very old. I am in love with the saturated colours. They make an interior very happy.

  • Reply Chi Feasey 22 November 2012 at 23:09

    Oh, me, me! Pick me!!! 😀

    I ADORE Suzani textiles. In fact just this morning, I was looking for a bedspread similar to the sumptuous blue one in your photo above (right).

    Thanks for such a lovely giveaway!

  • Reply Igor Josifovic 23 November 2012 at 00:04

    Thanks everyone for your comments! I have drawn a winner by and it is comment no. 10 – thus the winner is Latte Lisa!! Congrats! Please send and email with your details to

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  • Reply Nikki Bee 21 August 2014 at 08:13

    I would love to get a whole wall on my sewing room full of hoop, some of them with fabric, maybe some of them for organizing and some of them with embroidery on them.

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