Vintage Samarkand suzani, Uzbekistan
Tashkent suzani from Samarkand Uzbekistan, 1950.
Overall condition is pretty good for its age and use.
"Suzani" means needlework and these embroideries are some of the most characteristic forms of textile art from Central Asia. The mastery of color and the dynamic sense of movement they convey continue to add depth and joy to contemporary interiors. A high level of creative variation and the individuation of each flower are what make each piece unique.
Measures: 52" x 51.
The Silk Road Bukhara: Like scattered pearls along the vast expanse of the Great Silk Road, the cities of Uzbekistan glisten radiantly under the unforgiving sun. This nation, nestled in a picturesque oasis, holds a treasure trove of historical artifacts, owing to its advantageous position at the heart of the ancient Silk Road network. In the year 138 BC, a transformative era commenced as China graciously opened its borders to trade, giving rise to caravans that embarked upon this illustrious route. These trading pathways served as conduits not only for the exchange of goods and craftsmanship but also for the intermingling of cultures, beliefs, and wisdom. Even today, within the ancient walls of cities like Samarkand, one can still discern the echoes of bustling voices, the melodious jingle of camel harnesses, and the palpable anticipation that accompanies each day of vibrant trade.
A magnificent work of artistry, the Suzani stands as a testament to the ancient craft of hand-embroidery. Hailing from the nomadic tribes of Central Asia, its name finds its roots in the Farsi word "suzanikari," meaning needle and needlework. These exquisite textile panels have transcended time, gaining reverence and acclaim for their remarkable adornment and meticulous craftsmanship. Suzanis hold profound symbolic meaning, as they were traditionally created by brides and their mothers as an integral part of a dowry, presented to the groom on the auspicious day of their wedding. Symbolizing the harmonious union of two families, these vibrant creations were embellished with motifs of good fortune, well-being, longevity, and fertility, infusing them with an aura of profound significance.
Having encountered the exquisite Suzanis from Uzbekistan, my admiration for the meticulous craftsmanship involved in their creation has grown even stronger over time. The appreciation I hold for the skilled artistry required to produce such magnificent pieces has deepened with every passing moment. We have the immense privilege to have adorn a wall in my home with a resplendent Suzani, an item that encapsulates beauty and heritage in a truly remarkable manner.
Rugs and textiles possess a remarkable ability to forge connections with us, becoming cherished companions as we spend time appreciating them as works of art. It is awe-inspiring to contemplate the boundless talent and creativity of the individuals who crafted these pieces. Both men and women push their limits to fashion these marvelous objects, intended to captivate our eyes, touch our hearts, and stimulate our minds.
As passionate seekers of collectors who share our deep appreciation for the treasures we encounter during our travels, we derive immense joy from discovering and acquiring these objects, many of which have graced our personal collection. However, there comes a time when we must pass them on to new owners, allowing them to embark on their own adventures. We sincerely hope that as you spend time with and study these magnificent items, you will also come to cherish the love and individuality imbued by the talented artists who brought them to life.