Uzbek Suzani, Central Asia, 19th Century, 4' 7" x 6' 8"

The aesthetic of these embroideries from Central Asia often depict colorful floral themes, in stark contrast to our vision of what the terrain of these areas must be like.  While there are vast expanses of desert like terrain in Central Asia, the gardens of the settled communities from which such textiles emerge are totally different.  The oases of the region are exactly that, fertile oases with plenty of water that is carefully channeled and conserved to ensure the longevity of human habitation.

The condition is ok, there is some corrosion and a bit of wear, but the brightly colored silk remains intact for the most part.  All the colors are derived from natural dyes.


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