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

9.19.2006

Eastern Inspired



Regular readers know that I post often about Central Asian suzanis. So of course I couldn't resist sharing this fresh living room, above, designed by Timothy Whealon and featured in the October Domino. A large suzani on the wall serves as the room's focal point and looks great juxtaposed with that sofa covered in Lulu DK's Chant.

There are other Eastern inspired patterns around the room too, interpreted in old school Sister Parish sorbet colors, in fabrics from John Robshaw, Lulu DK and Raoul Textiles, and Brunschwig & Fils. Whealon's addition of the white leather Moroccan poufs, shown below, is such a fun touch.



Below are images of British decorator Robert Kime's hand-printed fabrics that are inspired by his travels through Asia, Turkey, Egypt and other Eastern locals. I'm a big fan of his work, and although in the U.S. his fabrics are only available to the trade or through select boutiques, I wanted to share these images with everyone who loves beautiful textiles. A large sampling of Kime's designs can be viewed on his site.






The last image above (via Hollyhock) shows Kime standing, presenting new designs to a group of designers including Tim Clarke.

For more on suzanis, visit the Flower Power exhibition site at Textile Art, or see my earlier posts, Doris Duke Suzani Collection and Suzani Mania.



Shown above is an amazing publication, The Great Embroideries of Bukhara, created in conjunction with the exhibit Flower Power. It is available through Textile Art, and is near the top of my wish list.

1 comment:

My Marrakech said...

I love suzanis, too. And just bought a new one! Of course it helps that suzani is a farsi word, and gives away my Persian heritage.