A stunning antique suzani wall hanging from the rural and semi nomadic areas of Uzbekistan around Kitab and Shahrisabs ( about 100 miles from Samarkand). There are Kyrgyz and Lakai elements to the design, design elements could be shared amongst different tribal or ethnic groups. It has a fine chain stitched silk embroidery on a dark purple indigo cotton and silk woven ground, the brightness of the purple silk floss has worn leaving the cotton ground now darker for it.
It is a very attractive design, the field consisting of a central medallion with 'boteh-style motifs on each side. The intricate details and fantastical design give the piece great interest. The colours are vibrant. It has a Russian floral cotton lining with Ikat edging. The condition is good with couple of old small circular repairs about 2cms across on the ground which are hardly noticeable or distracting. A really super collectable piece that would be wonderful hung as a piece of art.
Hangings, robes and furnishings were an important part of social and economic life in Central Asia and for women both professional and domestic embroiderers as well as male these goods made up an important trade in the area.
These were gifts for friends, colleagues and at weddings. Also used to drape over and decorate temporary wedding pavillions in the courtyards of houses.
(See Uzbek Embroidery in the Nomadic tradition 2007 Minneapolis Inst of Arts press.)
137cms x 115cms