Suzani Embroidery

The term suzani (from suzan, the Persian word for “needle”) describes an embroidered dowry textile, of unusual beauty. From ancient times embroidered carpets and wall hangings were a part of every single house. Suzanis were used to decorate the home, and to cover beds, tables and chests. According to custom, a suzani was started every time a girl was born, in preparation for her wedding.

Favourite motifs include the tree of life, the pomegranate (a symbol of abundance and fertility), floral patterns with tulips and carnations, and evil eye amulets.