Suzane (from Persian “stitched by needle”)

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By Sarkaritel December 14, 2017 10:25

Suzane (from Persian “stitched by needle”)


Suzane (from Persian “stitched by needle”) – is adorable embroidery on silk, velvet or cotton linen hung on a wall as a carpet. From the ancient times the exquisite embroidered panneau could be seen in each house and served as an amulet and a wall decoration. Any feast was impossible without embroideries for they were verily the reflection of joy and i solemnity. Each region had its own unique embroidery, but only true experts are able to easily discern where and on what occasion the suzane was embroidered.

Shahrisabz has always been considered as one of the centers of Uzbek embroidery. In the 19th century Shahrisabz was the capital of one of the Bukhara Emirate’s regions. The Emir’s and his regional governor’s houses were the largest consumers of the embroidery and, therefore, women of Shahrisabz used to make smaller embroidered items for themselves, and the bigger ones – suzane, robes, horse-covers – for the nobility.

The Shahrisabz, embroidery was characterized by either all-overbackground decoration or equally densely distributed tracery with only few uncovered spots on the tinted cloth. The major decor pieces were complemented by the minor ones – flowers, branches, leaves that covered the entire surface of the cloth not leaving any free sections. The regional embroidery decor motives were distinctive with their richness and variety of shapes. The endless traceries of leaves sprouts and flower palmettes symbolized abundance, spring, life and nature’s splendor.

They merely incarnated the beauty of Shahrisabz, which in the Middle Ages used to be reckoned as one of the most wonderful places in the world. “The spring greens’ shine and abundance on its hills … look like a sky carpet is laid down … with flowers growing on the houses’ roofs and walls” – wrote Makhmud ibn Vali.

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By Sarkaritel December 14, 2017 10:25