252 x 156 inches. This large-scale vintage Suzani contains a tan cotton background adorned with dense black and purple embroidery threads, as well as hot pink, green, blue, maroon, and red embroidery in the tradional Suzani style of Uzbekistan. The embroidery thread appears to be made of wool.
Uses: Suzanis can be used as wall hangings, throws, or draperies. They also look great when used as furniture upholstery or when made into pillows.
Condition: Because these are vintage Suzanis, they often show minor signs of wear. This Suzani contains some minor stains and one dime size hole.
– Authentic hand embroidered vintage Suzani from Uzbekistan
– Ships from the U.S.
– 252 x 156 inches
Vintage Suzanis from Uzbekistan have origins as storied as the motifs that cover their surface. Rich in symbolism, Suzanis contain geometric patterns, flowers, and other natural elements, which all hold meanings that are embroidered into stylized shapes that vary according region, tribe, family, and the artisans. Suzanis from Nurata, Samarkand, Bukhara, Shahrisyabz, Tashkent, and Fergana, for example, all differ with respect to color, material, pattern, and the type of stitches used. Even the colors impart a deeper meaning: yellows and oranges represent knowledge; red means fire and sun, blues embody the sky, and greens from the usma plant represent spring and youth.
Suzani is one of the most popular folk arts in Uzbekistan, a word that not only means “needlework”, but also refers to the large panels covered with this decorative embroidery. These hand-embroidered vintage Suzanis are infused with the character that only comes from everyday use. Perhaps created by a bride-to-be to show her devotion to her betrothed and then in lean times bartered away to a traveling Gypsy for money or household necessities pulled from the depths of his donkey cart. The story of each of these Suzanis is as rich as their colors, and as intricate as the designs that cover their surfaces.