Style Court

Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

7.19.2006

Suzani Mania




If you secretly think all suzanis look alike, visit Uzbek Craft and think again. Owner Juraeva Mayram has the most exquisite collection of modern and antique suzanis, for the retail customer, that I've seen online to date.


suzanis.com is a good resource if you want to learn more about the traditional process of making suzanis. This site, which highlights ikat textiles too, is mentioned in Jonathan Adler's My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living.

Another nice site based in London, suzaniinterior.com just uploaded a new selection of gorgeous embroideries but it seems online shopping isn't available yet. Hopefully later this month. In the meantime, as I've posted before, yurdan.com has a large selection of suzanis for sale, and oldworldimports.net, based in the U.S., has a small but beautiful collection including the piece below.

7 comments:

maditi said...

I might be maniac for suzanis after this post - interesting collection of links!! thanks :)

style court said...

Maditi,
Thanks for looking! Hope the links were helpful :)
Courtney

Sylvie said...

Check out the latest issue of Selvedge (Issue #12) Do you know it; it's published in the U.K.? I got it at Border's Books. There is a great article on Doris Duke and her colllection of Suzanis at her former home in Honolulu -- "...she stipulated in her will that her home in Honolulu be maintained as a museum for the 'promotion and understanding of the cultures of the Middle East'."

style court said...

Sylvie,
Thanks so much for the tip. I wouldn't have known about Selvedge otherwise. I do have the catalog for Shangri La, which by the way can be downloaded for free, legally, through the Doris Duke Foundation here:
http://www.shangrilahawaii.org/page.asp?pageId=279
xo
Courtney

flo said...

Greetings from Old World Imports in Albuquerque,NM.

Thank you for linking to our collection of Suzanis. We have always had a slight obsession with them. If you are ever in our neck of the woods...please stop in.

Also another fantastic resource is "Keshte" a beautiful suzani collection book

http://www.rugbooks.com/catalog/product_view.php?prod_id=BOOKS005361I

Cheers,
Flo

94stranger said...

Hi,
I noticed you on google - just did a post on an old suzani fragment myself. Uzbek stuff is just too much - I have a feeling I'm coming gradually to the conclusion that Uzbek designs are (for me) THE greatest. Drop in at http://94stranger.wordpress.com/2008/09/28/art-objects-52-uzbek-suzani-antique-fragment/ if you've a mind and a momment
best
94S

Jon said...

Try http://uzbek-suzani.com they have a huge selection of unique suzanis and also Rishtan ceramics.