Floral Uzbek Parda Suzani

This Uzbek suzani is about 70 years old. While its design is primarily floral in inspiration, it also demonstrates the artisan’s capacity for abstraction as floral and arboreal elements combine to form a pattern more geometric than figurative. The design focuses the viewer’s gaze on a central medallion motif, encircled by a wavy contour—a stylized heavenly orb (palak) shining forth and auguring fertility and energy. With bright colours and abstract shapes, this suzani is truly an eye-catcher. It is roughly square in shape and suitable as a wall hanging or as a cover for a table or armchair.

Samarkand embroidery has much larger and laconic patterns in comparison with Nurata and Bukhara suzanis. Samarkand suzanis typically depict large, circular and floral motifs. They are very often black and red on a white or beige ground, done using the bosma or filling stitch. They tend to be moody, almost psychedelic, and most visually striking of all the styles.

Suzanis (from suzan, the Persian word for “needle”) are embroidered dowry textiles made in Central Asia. These quilts—usually embroidered with silk on a cotton base—were used to decorate the home, and to cover beds, tables and chests. According to custom, a suzani was started when 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.

Country of Origin: Uzbekistan

Size: 4'7'' x 4'4''

Age: circa 1950

Product Code: A10-047

Price: Rs42,000

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