Ikat and suzanni motifs have made their way from the streets of Morocco, Turkey and other eastern countries to pillows, furniture, curtains and bedding in beach houses on both coasts.   An Indonesian word, ikat is a craft in which one tie-dyes and weaves yarn to create an intricately designed fabric. Suzanni is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries.  Both patterns can be mixed with dark stained furniture and accessories to give your house a beachy, bohemian vibe.

A canopied daybed with Moroccon pillows is a great reading nook and adds color to a backyard or pool area. (photo courtesy of myhomeideas.com)

Create a layered effect by using different sizes and patterns.  These vibrant blue and orange pillows are from Ginette1223 on Etsy.

Or try an upholstered version inside the house such as this mahogany daybed in Raoul Textiles‘ beautiful java fabric in eggplant.  The bolster pillows are from Anthropologie.

Here is a similar find from the Bolster Queens.

This striped chair by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard has a pillow in his whimsical blue Sultan’s Suzanni fabric.

A close up view of the fun and intricate pattern which also comes in sage, lavendar and saffron.

Pair with a British Colonial-style coffee table such as this one from Wisteria.

Or an upholstered ottoman that can be used for extra seating or a table such as the Essex Printed Ottoman by West Elm.

A more colorful ikat pattern such as Madeline Weinrib’s Purple Luce chair would work well in a dining room or living room.

This budget-friendly version can be found at Urban Outfitters.

You can find ikat, suzanni and other global patterns in many high-end and not-so-high-end stores.

Kathryn M. Ireland (of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorator fame) has a great selection of global textiles in her LA showroom.

Check out all the beautiful possibilities from her Mexico Meets Morocco line of textiles.

These fabrics can be found at F&S Home in West Los Angeles.

And Calico Corners carries a wide range of patterns and textures as well as furniture which can be customized.

Book that plane ticket and let’s go!


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