Suzanis are dowery embroidered pieces that are formed by several panels that are embroidered by the female members of the bride’s family and then are stitched together lengthwise to form large panels that can be used as bedcovers, wallhanging or any other domestic purpose.
Suzanis can be traced to their exact origins according to their decorating style. The two different kinds of suzanis that come out of Tashkent, Uzbekistan are called “paliak” (moon design) and “gulkurpa” (flower cloth). This suzani represents the paliak type in which the entire surface is covered with red circular blossoms.
This Tashkent suzani contains twenty large circular designs that are embroidered in red. The circles are spaced equally apart and have dark green leafy designs and small fish-like figures surrounding each circle and dividing the main ground into sections. It is made of four cotton panels embroidered in couching stitch and chain stitch variants and then sewn together lengthwise.
Circa: late 19th-early 20th century
Origin: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Material: Cotton with Silk Embroidery
Condition: Very Good, backed with Linen
Dimensions: 87..5" L X 69" W
Inventory number: TX5077