One-of-a-kind vintage Suzani handmade in Uzbekistan during the 2nd half of the 20th century. Can be used as a bedspread or throw, curtain, tablecloth, wall hanging, or upholstery fabric. Great for Boho-Chic, Bohemian decorating style, and also can be mixed in with contemporary, modern or traditional decor for a great pop of color and a high-end designer look.
We inspect each Suzani by hand, returning only with those that meet our high quality standards. Less than one out of ten make the cut. However, because these are vintage Suzanis, they may show minor signs of wear, if any. You might even see pencil or pen marks from the original design sketch on the fabric.
One of the most popular folk arts in Uzbekistan is called Suzani, a word that not only means "needlework", but also refers to the large panels covered with this decorative embroidery. These hand-embroidered vintage Suzanis are infused with the character that only comes from everyday use. Perhaps created by a bride-to-be to show her devotion to her betrothed and then in lean times bartered away to a traveling Gypsy for money or household necessities pulled from the depths of his donkey cart. The story of each of these Suzanis is as rich as their colors, as intricate as the designs that cover their surfaces.
Uzbek vintage Suzanis are one-of-a-kind works of art with origins as storied as the motifs that cover their surface. Geometric patterns, flowers, and other natural elements all hold meanings that are embroidered into stylized shapes that vary according region, tribe, family, and the artisans. Suzanis from Nurata, Samarkand, Bukhara, Shahrisyabz, Tashkent, and Fergana, for example, all differ with respect to color, material, pattern, and the type of stitches used.