Description

Samarkand Suzani

Origin:
Central Asia, Uzbekistan

Dimensions:
275 x 205 cm

Age:
Ca. 1800 or earlier

Estimate:
25,000.00 - 30,000.00 €


The generous division of space in an open composition, the monumental style of drawing and the typical secondary borders leave us in no doubt that this suzani was made in Samarkand. We assume that it is one of the oldest examples of its kind and probably dates from the 18th century. Only early Samarkand suzanis show designs drawn in the same vibrant and confident style. In the field, a red circular flower is surrounded by a vine of long sickle-shaped leaves. Two elongated vines of the same type intersect above and below the central design, enclosing it in an onion-shaped outer surround and dividing the field which has four smaller flowers placed into the corners. In the wide main border, five huge palmettes alternate with circular flowers enclosing stars. Each palmette is flanked by two diagonal vines, and further vines surround the circular blossoms. – Signs of age and wear, several stains. Backed with fabric.

Published:
VOK, IGNAZIO, Suzani 2. A Textile Art from Central Asia. Second part of the collection, catalogue nos. 49 – 79. (Text by Jakob Taube) Munich 2006, no. 75


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