Friday 12 November 2010


It seems a crass thing to say, but often we have to remind ourselves (so fixated can we become by studies of European samplers and needlework) that girls the world over stitched and, in some areas, continue to stitch decorative articles for their bottom drawer or wedding chest; to decorate their future home; and demonstrate their industriousness to future partners. The girls from areas neighbouring the Silk Road are no exception and with their suzani or needle created fabulous cloths for tent and bed hangings from around the early 18th century. Many of these suzanis are highly prized. Work now carried out in urban centres is commissioned by western designers for special furnishings and furniture. Perhaps you might love a beautiful four-poster like the one above with its stunning needleworked textiles - or maybe your life is incomplete without a loving-chair like the one below. If so then Robert Kime in London is where to go. Do take a look at their catalogue of available cloths and ooh and aah and dream a little!


  1. Wow, what a wonderful thing to know that someone is still doing this type of custom work. I think if I had to choose between the above and below pictures, I'd take the "chair" below. I am a incurable victorian romantic. My dream would include a house of victorian antique furniture.
    Thanks for a great post as usual.

  2. These are all Ottoman Embroideries! Lale(tulip) and Karanfil(carnation) is much more used in Ottoman embroideries.

    We called as "Çeyiz" what you mention about prepare home textiles for the marriage.

  3. How beautiful that bed is! Very luxurious! It must have taken years to do all that!