Apartment Therapy DC reader Kathleen needs help incorporating Uzbek textiles: "I bought two of these in Tashkent in 1991 - didn't have much time and just bought them in a hotel gift shop. They are machine-stiched and and made with synthetic materials. They are like pillow cases and have been languishing in a cedar chest for 18 years. I know they are souzani, but I can find nothing on the internet about these - only about antique (pre-Soviet) rugs or wall hangings. Mine measure 43" long, 17.5" across, and at either end is a 6.5 border of bright orange synthetic velvet. Do I use pillows or something else? What is that orange velvet for? How are they supposed to be used - on couches, floors or beds? Are they supposed to be soft or firm? Are they decoration or for use? I would appreciate any insight. Thank you!"
Kathleen, There really is no right or wrong answer on how to decorate with these lovely textiles. If you want to use them as pillow covers, you likely need to add a backing to encase the pillow. Using them as wall hangings likely involves either adding a sleeve to the top to allow for a hanging rod, or getting them professionally framed. Keep in mind as well that they may not be colorfast, so you may want to limit their use to prevent them from getting dirty.
Do any readers have advice on caring for suzani, or decorating with textiles in general?