Suzani

Suzani. Silk on cotton. All over embroidered in silk. The colours are synthetic for the most part but of course there is a natural black dyed silk, and one of the reds maybe a natural dye or at the very least mixed with a natural dye. Tashkent or Pskent area. Central Asia. Circa 1920. Very good condition. Cm. 70 x 220 (2'3" x 7'3"). Price on request.
Such an embroidery served one purpose, as a "sofreh" or eating cloth place on the floor upon which plates of food were served to people seated along the lenght of the textile. The roundels exhibiting iconography that has been interpreted as celestial (associate with sun/moon imaginery) is classic.

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