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  It's funny how a pillow can jump-start a room. When this client purchased a gorgeous coral and spring green Larkin Lane Otomi pillow for her guest bed, she asked me if I had any pillows that could pull in the other colors in her room,  including butter yellow. She texted me photos of the room, and its artwork etc. and said "See what you come up with, I know i'll love it" (DREAM client, I know!) I've always had monogrammed pillows on my bed, so I thought, "Why not add a monogram to silk ikat?"  The result - a pair of monogrammed ikat pillows with coordinating tape trim - was even better than I had hoped. And the client loved them!  We called it "Southern Ikat". Mexican Otomi, Uzbeki silk, and a Southern monogram- all on one bed! :)









This client fell in love with the chocolate brown Otomi pillow pictured here, but wanted two for her large sectional sofa. With Otomi textiles being hand-embroidered in Mexico, it's not easy to find two that are exactly alike. I suggested making a pair of chocolate brown silk ikat pillows to complement the Otomi, and my client was thrilled. I was able to use the same background fabric and tape trim that I had used on the Otomi pillow to create theses ikat pillows, and they all coordinated beautifully.  I love that this client now has textiles from Mexico and Uzbekistan on one sofa, and they are perfect together!






This antique French chair was a consignment store find that just needed some TLC. The minute I saw this velvet ikat, I knew the two were meant for each other. I have to give major credit to my upholsterer for matching the seams so beautifully. Velvet and silk ikats - being hand-loomed on a "back loom" in Uzbekistan and Turkey are anything but standard! Their width is narrow compared with fabrics bought in the US or Europe. While this can make designing with ikats challenging, the beauty and authenticity is well worth it!!









 These French chairs were another "rescue mission". They were upholstered in a mustard yellow velvet that had seen better days.  I had always wanted to do something fun and different on the backs of chairs in a dining room. It's the perfect place to add some drama! Though I was hesitant to "cut" up a Suzani, I was comforted by the fact that Suzanis were originally formed from separate panels of embroidered silk. When a daughter was born along the Silk Road, each female family member was given a panel of silk cloth. The women would embroider their panel,  and then when the daughter was of marrying age, she would collect the different panels and sew them together and use it as a dowry. Embroidering the Suzani became a means of artistic expression for these women - and a way to communicate with other family members.The seams that are sometimes still visible in Suzanis are actually the "coming together" of different generations of women. Though Suzanis are no longer used as Dowries today, they still serve as a rich link to the past. And they are GORGEOUS as table cloths, runners, pillows, coats - and to upholster dining room chairs!


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