Central Asia, South West Uzbekistan Shakhrisyabz Suzani

Second half 19th century Central Asia, South West Uzbekistan Shakhrisyabz Suzani

Suzanis featuring a niche design and an empty field flanked by lateral borders are known as "ruijo". The small-format examples were bridal sheets spread on the bed during the wedding night, whereas the large ruijo suzanis were hung behind the bridal couple’s bed. The empty white field of this item was cut out at a later date, perhaps in order to use the suzani as a decorative door surround. – The thirteen huge circular blossoms and green leaf vines are drawn in the characteristic Shakhrisyabz style. The large design sections mostly use the basma stitch; small areas are embroidered in the kanda khayol stitch; and the brown outlines of the leaves were created in the ilmoq stitch. – Slightly damaged edges, very good overall condition.Size 214 x 316 cm

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