One of my many new year’s resolutions is to travel more. As a creative (and human!), I owe it to myself to live fresh and exotic experiences and traveling is one of the best ways to get all that creativity flowing. I have recently come across beautiful places located in modern-day Uzbekistan that are lesser known but so worth the trouble of discovering. The three jewel cities along the Silk Road (the ancient trade route that connected the Orient with the Mediterranean Sea) Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are famous for their exquisite weaves, carpets and fabrics, but also for their outstanding architecture. I must confess that the Orient is unknown to me. I’ve travelled all around Europe and South America but never to Asia. Istanbul is as far east as I got so Uzbekistan is definitely on my list.

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Samarkand, along with Bukhara, is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia. There is evidence of human activity in the area of the city from the late Paleolithic era, that is 40,000 years old. However there is no direct evidence of when exactly Samarkand was founded as city; some theories suggest it happened between the 8th and 7th centuries BC. Prospering from its location on the Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean, at the time Samarkand was one of the greatest cities of Central Asia […]  (Wikipedia)

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Also, fabric lovers everywhere, if Samarkand and Bukhara are names familiar to you, that’s because they inspired eponymous fabric designs by Peter Dunham. In fact, Dunham’s Samarkand is one of those great prints that designers have used repeatedly for years and that has been inspired by the designer’s travels to Uzbekistan. The round medallion of coordinated paisley patterns is certainly a design hit that adds drama and instant appeal to any space. I particularly love it used as wallpaper but works beautifully as upholstery or pillow covers (bellow). Here are some of my favorite spaces rocking the Samarkand and creating impact in a massive way!

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Peter Dunham’s Samarkand 

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Mark D. Sikes

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Windsor Smith

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Mark D. Sikes

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Phoebe Howard

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Peter Dunham

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Peter Dunham


Tom Scheerer


Sarah Bartholomew

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Tory Burch

Ooops, this is last view of Tory Burch’s East Hampton home is not really Peter Dunham’s Samarkand but a very close match I couldn’t resist posting.

What is your next dream destination?



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