Suzani Embroidered Fragment
Uzbek (Bukhara),late 19th or early 20th century

Suzani Embroidered Fragment

The term Suzani, meaning “of the needle” in Persian, refers to the embroidery traditionally produced by Turkestani brides in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as part of their dowries. The dense, continuous design features vibrant magenta blooms alternating with smaller floral sprays contained within stylized deep green vegetal lozenges, forming a sort of diaper pattern. An intricate chainstitch of metallic-wrapped yellow thread fills the beige linen ground surrounding the silk flowers and foliage. Made up of two joined panels, this fragment was likely part of a larger hanging or cover.

17.5" H x 29" W

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