Thank you all for waiting so patiently for me to start to post some of my Istanbul finds. Today I am sharing two pieces that I found at the Grand Bazaar. They are both older Suzani textile pieces, not sure how old but the one I’m using on the side-table is older–there are a lot of hand stitches and you can just tell by looking at it that it’s been around a while.
The bedspread I had absolutely zero intention on buying but the salesman totally roped me in and had me sitting in his shop for literally fourty minutes showing me dozens and dozens of pieces. I would have left after only few minutes but the man knew his stuff and was explaining all kinds of interesting things to me about how the textiles are made. Apparently, the bedspread I got is rare because it is blue. He said that usual background colors are red and beige, but then again he also told my boyfriend’s mother that he wanted to buy me for 5000 camels, so there’s that.
The two ‘feet’ on the side table are antique Kilim brushes (or at least that’s what I gathered from the guy who sold them to me who spoke very little English). One look and I had to have them. I just love how they look like silly, goofy wooden feet.
And so yes, as it turns our I caught suzani fever while I was over there. If you like the look of my suzanis and are considering purchasing one for yourself, I found some pretty ones online at The Loaded Trunk. More soon. Have a great weekend and if you catch Suzani fever, the only cure is bedrest and lots of chai tea….so drink up!