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Large Uzbeck Suzani Kilim Runner


Unique rug as depicted in photograph, non-repeatable one-off design with the individual irregularities and variety associated with a handmade ethnic rug. Approximately 8'7"x3" mutlicolour embroidery on a camel ground. 100% wool. The Uzbek split from the Mongol Golden Horde that conquered Russia in the thirteenth century.The distinctive nature of the Uzbek was their conversion to Islam earlier than the bulk of the Golden Horde. This gave the Uzbek a point of distinction that seperated them from other Mongols.In the later part of the 15th century the Uzbecks moved into Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and took the land much of which they still inhabit today. Suzani comes from the Persian word for “needle” and refers to the embroidered fabrics, which can be used as hanging objects or as a covering. Central Asia has always been known as the Birth Place of these kinds of textiles and among the most important places one can mention Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which both have a tradition of producing very fine Suzani. These kinds of embroideries are from places along the ancient silk routes where there is a long tradition of embroidery and floral decoration. These kinds of Suzani are traditionally embroidered by the women of the tribe, mainly young girls before they marry, and then they take them to their own homes as part of their dowry. The girl's talent is normally judged by the fineness of the workmanship of these Suzani. Some of the embroideries are used during the marriage ceremony, but nearly all of them have a functional use. To decorate a plain surface of fabric with embroidery satisfies the creative instinct and nowhere is this more evident than in Central Asia where the skill of embroidery is intrinsic to the culture is as diverse as the ethnic origins of the needle-women. A Nomad, or a village girl, embroiders from her childhood, learning her skills from her mother and the other women of the family. After her betrothal traditionally she spends much of her time preparing the dowry textiles for her new home and for the wedding ceremony. In a society where a woman is valued chiefly as a wife and housekeeper, embroidering brings not only recognition for her skill and industry, but also the pleasure of personal expression and individual creativity.

Length x Width: 260 cm x 92 cm