Hanging or Cover (Suzani)

Hanging or Cover (Suzani)

c. 1800s
Culture
Islamic
Locale
Shahrisabz
Country
Uzbekistan
hanging, suzani, cover
Silk embroidery on cotton
Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from Neusteter Institute Funds and Mr. and Ms. Lawrence J. Phipps, Jr. by exchange
2002.3
. Hanging or Cover (Suzani). c. 1800s. Silk embroidery on cotton. Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from Neusteter Institute Funds and Mr. and Ms. Lawrence J. Phipps, Jr. by exchange. 2002.3.
Dimensions
length: 66 in, 167.6400 cm; width: 47 in, 119.3800 cm
Inscription
"17639" sewn on back
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Vividly embroidered cloths were an essential part of a Central Asian bride's dowry. Known as a suzani (from the Persian word suzan, meaning needle), they were made by female relatives and friends and vary in size according to their intended use, from large wall hangings to small cushion covers. The bold red rosettes are thought to represent poppies, while the palmettes, considered the flower of the pomegranate, symbolize fertility. When displayed throughout the home, these textiles create a virtual garden.
Known Provenance
Purchased by Esther Fitzgerald Rare Textiles [London, UK] from the Lady Foster Collection [London, UK]; purchased January 2002 from Esther Fitzgerald Rare Textiles by the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Fabulous Floral Fabrics," November 23, 2002 - May 4, 2003 (DAM)
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)