Flower Field Andijan Suzani

This cheerful suzani from Andijan in Uzbekistan is characterised by bold colours and a densely embroidered main field of flowers and foliage. The dominant motifs are pomegranates (symbols of fertility and abundance). Branches laden with ripe pomegranates form the inner border of the composition, while in the main field more bows of pomegranates interlace with bouquets of pansies, daisies and sprigs of lilies, to form two brightly coloured floral medallions. The suzani is dated 1984 (see left-hand border) but may be older. Originally this piece was used as a Yurt decoration—a yurt being a portable, tent dwelling traditionally used by nomads of Central Asia. A bright yellow fringe on the lower edge make this suzani ideal for a wall hanging.

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: 6'10'' x 4'0''

Age: 1984

Product Code: A62-008

Price: Rs11,000

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