This suzani textile has been hand-embroidered by the nomadic people of Uzbekistan. Suzanis are highly regarded for their fine craftsmanship and sought-after by collectors worldwide.
The word suzani is from the Persian suzan, which means needle. Suzanis have a cotton base and feature chain, satin and buttonhole stitches. Traditional suzanis feature sun and moon design motifs, flowers and plants, fruits and occasional fish and birds. These symbols were meant to offer protection or strength to their owners.
Suzanis have a long history dating back to the early 15th century. Primarily used within a nomadic yurt, these Central Asian textiles were often featured as a rug, bedcover or wall decoration. They are traditionally made by brides and mothers as part of a family’s dowry, and presented to the groom on his wedding day.
This suzani textile is approximately 42" x 43". Handmade in Uzbekistan.
Use care when handling vintage suzanis. Due to their authentic, handmade nature and natural dyes, these textiles can be extremely fragile. Do not machine wash. Avoid harsh chemicals.