Large 19th century hand-embroidered Bukhara suzani

GBP 6,500.00

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Large 19th century hand-embroidered Bukhara suzani
Uzbekistan, 19th Century
Length 280cm, width 203cm

This suzani originates from Bukhara, Uzbekistan, where it was crafted by nomadic tribes using cotton fabric and delicate hand-embroidery techniques.

The suzani’s central rectangle showcases a captivating composition of blossoms against a patterned background, enclosed by a thin decorative floral design frame, both typical of this Central Asian decorative textile tradition.

The colour palette of this exquisite piece is dominated by deep reds, while intricate detailing is brought to life with shades of brown, yellow, green, blue, and vibrant pink. Framing the central rectangle there is a row of larger blossoms, and a smaller, outer border of small flowers and foliage. On the reverse side, the piece is lined with a beautifully patterned blue and white floral textile.

Suzanis were traditionally made by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry, and were typically gifted to the groom on their wedding day. The patterns and motifs adorning the suzani, including flowers, leaves, and vines, were believed to possess spiritual powers, offering protection and strength to the new family.

Like most suzanis, it is likely that this piece was created in individual vertical strips, which were then skilfully arranged to form the complete textile. Originally designed as a protective cover for the interior of a yurt, this suzani can be utilized as a functional piece or displayed as a decorative wall hanging, testifying to the rich history of Central Asia.

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