Six Medallions Uzbek Parda Suzani

This large, 70-year-old suzani from Uzbekistan captivates the viewer with six orange suns embedded in six red medallions and surrounded by a thick web of twisting brown vines. The composition may also suggest overgrown pomegranates, their giant size reinforcing this fruit’s well-known symbolism of fecundity and plenty. With bright colours and abstract shapes, this suzani is truly an eye-catcher. Because of its size (75 square feet) it could be used to decorate an entire wall, or to cover a king-size bed or a large dining table.

Samarkand embroidery has much larger and laconic patterns in comparison with Nurata and Bukhara suzanis. Samarkand suzanis typically depict large, circular and floral motifs. These 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: 10'4'' x 7'4''

Age: circa 1940

Product Code: A10-046

Price: Rs135,000

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