I am, generally speaking, a linear gal. I have quite the collection of striped button down shirts for work and a penchant for argyle that borders on shameful. My interior design taste, fortunately, makes room for paisley and florals. Not giant cabbage roses (though if that's what you want, I'll make it look great), but a more modern intrepretation of florals.
This is why I find Suzani textiles so appealing. The word derives from Uzbekistan in Central Asia and means needle. Traditional suzanis were large embroidered textiles in floral or plant motifs, given as dowries upon marriage. There's been a revival of these prints and now you can find them just about everywhere.
To the left are some fabric samples from Donghia meant for upholstery. I'll caution that the same way I feel Ikat is not a good invenstment on large pieces of upholstery, I wouldn't advise springing for a Suzani sofa. I do think it's great as a chair cushion or for pillows or even an area rug.
Pitcher from World Market
I've even found them on dinnerware items like this pitcher here and the runner above. Those of you who are a little pattern phobic, this is a great way to get started. There are lots of inexpensive options in a range of colors and even just a little bit of this vibrant pattern will make a big impact.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.