A beautiful example of an Uzbek Suzani runner/throw in very good condition, this one is approx 30 years old so although not antique it is vintage. There are a few marks from use but nothing major or that detracts from it. It is constructed of two long wollen panels stitched together before the embroidery is applied.
Suzani is a form of decorative hand-embroidered tribal textile panel made predominantly in Uzbekistan & Tajikistan. 'Suzani' is from the Persian 'Suzan' which means 'needle'. Suzani textiles were traditionally made by brides as part of their dowry, and were presented to the groom on the wedding day.
The majority of the Suzani that come to the market are for use as throws or wall hangings due to the embroidery being of silk and not really durable under foot. Silk embroidered Suzani are great examples of the folk art of an ancient tribal cultures that are kept alive to this day.
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