A Tree of Life Suzani panel mounted onto a linen background and board. Uzbekistan Circa 1960. The background fabric is cotton and the needlework is a mixture of cotton and silk. The edges of the board have been covered with a Turkish cotton braid.
Dimensions: 23 1/2″ wide. 32 1/2″ high
Dimensions: 60 cms wide x 83 cms high
“Suzani” means needlework, coming from the Persian ‘Suzan’ which means needle. The art of making such textiles in Iran is called Suzandozi (needlework). In the nineteenth century, Uzbek women produced fabulous embroidered hangings, bed covers, wrapping cloths, table covers, and prayer mats for their households and their daughters’ dowries. Since the downfall of the Soviet Union, the central Asian trade in this old craft has opened up, giving the people of places like Uzbekistan a new income. Suzanis usually have a cotton fabric base, we have been able to source a number of high quality weavings where the base is made from silk and embroidery threads are also silk.