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2/1/17Suzani Upholstery


We’ve had this little slipper chair around the studio for ages. It’s a good size — not too big and not too small, with a cute mid-century silhouette, but the navy blue was a bit of a bore so last week we took it to our upholsterer to get it recovered.


I had this vintage suzani cover from Uzbekistan that I’d purchased on eBay a couple of years ago and decided to use it as upholstery fabric (P.S. I buy things internationally on eBay all of time and have never once had a problem). We indicated to our upholsterer where we wanted different parts of the pattern (the disc on the seat, the stripe along the rim) and I’m thrilled with the outcome. (Also, side-note — how sweet is my little Tibetan Tiger rug that I found at the Rose Bowl Flea last month?!? I’ve been admiring these rugs for ages but until now I had never seen one that I could afford.)


I already had the chair and the suzani, but if I had bought everything just for this, the whole thing would have come to about $300 all in — which is certainly not nothin’- but it’s a lot cheaper than similar pieces I’ve seen around town or at, say Anthro.


So for this post we’ve done some eBay digging and found a handful of (affordable!) vintage suzani blankets that would be perfect for anything, really — but especially goos for reupholstering a hohum chair. Oh I want them all! Suzanis just make me so happy!! Which one is your favorite?

Justina Blakeney Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

5 responses to “Suzani Upholstery”

  1. Wren says:

    Amazing! That chair is TO DIE FOR! Seriously! I can’t even handle it. Good job. Time to start reupholstering everything in my house now!

  2. Jesenia says:

    Love the new look of that chair! 😍

  3. Wow!! The chair looks amazing!! I love seeing how adding just a little bit of great fabric can make such a huge impact. :)

  4. Laurel says:

    Does the $300 include having it upholstered? Very fun idea!

  5. Melissa says:

    Looks great! Any chance you could share who your upholsterer is? I live in LA and have been meaning to get one of my old chairs upholstered for years, but don’t know where to take it!. Thanks!

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