moroccan wedding blanket..DIY?

*This isn’t an April Fool’s post! I promise!* :)

I don’t have anything interesting above the headboard in my bedroom. I was thinking of something fancy like a mirror but my ever-so-cautious father would tell me I would get knocked in the face when an earthquake hits.

So I guess that’s out of the question.

How about a tapestry? Or something like a Moroccan wedding blanket? Soft, sparkly, ethnic and so incredibly beautiful. A little bit of history via Apartment Therapy:

Berber wedding blankets are woven in anticipation of, you guessed it, a wedding, by the bride’s female relatives. It can take many hours — even weeks — of work to attach those hundreds of mirrored sequins once the weaving is complete; it is thought that during this collaborative task, the bride’s relatives teach her all about the birds and the bees, among other marital duties and expectations. After the wedding ceremony, the bride wears the blanket tied around her neck as a kind of cape.

The inspiration:

Unfortunately these are difficult to find and incredibly expensive to boot. I don’t have an extra $600+ to spend on a piece like this.

But how about a DIY project? I’m pretty good at sewing by hand. I know I could do it, if I find the right throw or blanket. That’s the difficult part.

How about this Ethan Allen throw:

and a bunch of silver sequins or paillettes? And certainly it would take a lot of time, but I think the end result would look fantastic.

I guess I’ll put this on hold until I find something wallet-friendly and suitable enough: something large, nubby and off-white or cream? The Ethan Allen throw is the closet I’ve found online so far, but its a tad too brown and expensive. Hopefully one will fall into my lap when I’m not actively looking. :)

♥ E&I