A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

shakhrisyabz suzani
central asia
circa 1880
cm 192 x 235 (6'4" x 7'9")

Notes: silk embroidery on a silk plainweave
Suzanis (from the Persian for "of the needle") are silk embroideries woven by the young central Asian women to enrich their dowries, in which we see expressed the tremendous abilities in the art of the embroidery. Each area of Uzbekistan is characterised by either a specific type of design or colour combination and especially of type of stitch employed. This radiant example, with its rich and varied symbolism, is particularly rare by virtue of the green silk background on which the pattern is embroidered. The type of stitch used for certain details, together with the design, composed of a star medallion from which sprout two pairs of large palmettes (called bodom, from the Persian for "almonds") and an ample border with large polychrome "suns" alternated to leafy plants, are all distinguishing traits of the refined production of the Shakhrisyabz oasis, which are among the rarest and most desirable suzanis.
Bibliography: J.Taube, Vok Collection - Suzani: A Textile Art from Central Asia, Munich, 1994, plate 40.



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