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Suzani Square Cushion

 

Dark grey matt silk, hand embroidered red, blue and white carnations . Matching colors silk and cotton Ikat.

 

What is a Suzani?

A suzani is a large, hand-embroidered textile panel; the word comes from the Persian word suzan, which means needle. Originating from nomadic tribes in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries, suzanis have become highly collectable and valued for their beautiful decoration and fine craftsmanship.

 

When do Suzanis date from?

The rigours of a nomadic lifestyle — daily use in a yurt and exposure to the elements during migration — were not conducive to the preservation of textiles. This means it is rather unusual to find ‘old’ suzanis, and the oldest surviving examples are from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

 

How was the Suzani originally used?

The primary use of a suzani was within the yurt (a Central Asian nomadic tent), as a protective wrapping panel for textiles and belongings. They were also used as prayer mats, as bed sheets and for seating — pieces of furniture are seldom found in yurts, because they are cumbersome to move.

 

Suzanis had a symbolic significance, too. They were traditionally made by brides and their mothers as part of a dowry, and presented to the groom on his wedding day. They represented the binding together of two families, and were adorned with symbols of luck, health, long life and fertility.

 

How are Suzanis made?

Suzanis are made from cotton, sometimes silk. The pattern is first drawn onto the cotton, before being embroidered on narrow portable looms. They are usually produced in two or more pieces, meaning that they can be worked on by more than one person, before being stitched together.

 

Just four stitches — tambour, basma, chain and kanda-khayol — are used to realise a large variety of patterns, which traditionally include the sun and moon, flowers and creepers of the Asian steppes, leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates), and occasionally fish and birds. These motifs were believed to imbue the suzanis with spiritual powers, offering protection or strength to their owners.

 

Which dyes are used?

Suzanis are coloured with vegetal dyes.

 

The natural dyes use imported indigo for blue, cochineal and imported madder for reds, saffron for yellow, a mix of indigo and a yellow tree fungus for green, and iron oxide and pistachio nuts for black. The dyeing process takes place in an outdoor vat, similar to those that can still be seen across the Maghreb.

 

 

* You can choose your cushions in any size and pattern. Just send us an e-mail with your request including the product codes and size and we will give you the price and production time shortly.

Suzani Square Cushion

SKU: CSI1064-3082-55
€260.00Price
    • Hand-embroidered
    • %100 Organic fabric made with cotton and silk
    • %100 Organic dyes made with natural elements
    • Size: 50x50 cm. (Dimensions may differ by 1-2 cm because of the handmade weaving and tailoring)
    • Front cover: Suzani
    • Back cover: Ikat
    • Optional feather filling
    • Care: Dry clean only!
    • Also available in 30x50 cm.
  • Product returns will only be accepted if wrong item or wrong sizes are sent.

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