A Suzani is an embroidered tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries.
Traditionally they were embroidered by Central Asian brides to present to their husbands on their wedding day.
So, basically a dowry…but a whole lot more beautiful than stinking camels with bad attitudes. I wonder what he got her…
Suzani is a Persian word for needle, and the art of making textiles like this is called Suzankari as silk or cotton thread is hand embroidered onto a cotton base in a variety of stitch styles.
Often you’ll find they’re made in two or more pieces and then sewn together.
I love them! I love how they bring a good punch of colours, textures and patterns into a room with just one piece.. You see a lot of sun and moon motifs , tulips, carnations and irises, leaves and vines, fruits…gorgeous stuff!
Beware over usage though! With something as strong as a Suzani there is such a thing as too much. But used well…. Stunning!
Suzanis really lend themselves to upholstery too…
Check out http://www.uzbek-craft.com/ for online suzanis…but also keep an eye out on Ebay.
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