What is “Suzani”?  

What is “Suzani”?

This name of exquisite silk embroideries comes from Persian "suzan" which means "a needle".

Suzanis usually have a cotton (sometimes silk) fabric base, which is embroidered in silk or cotton thread. Chain, satin, and buttonhole stitches are the primary stitches used. There is also extensive use of couching, in which decorative thread laid on the fabric as a raised line is stitched in place with a second thread. Suzanis are often made in two or more pieces, that are then stitched together.

Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers (especially tulips, carnations, and irises), leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates), and occasional fish and birds.

Such works of Art were prepared and used for ceremonial functions like wedding dowries, fittings for horsemen and their horses, and the general embellishment of reception rooms. As soon as daughter was born in the family, mother started to make suzanis for her dowry, and later her daughter joined her in this fine art too. The patterns of suzanis are an expression of women's mood and fantasies.

Major types of Suzani
  • - Bukhara Suzani
  • - Khodjent Suzani (Khodjent, Tajikistan)
  • - Lakai Suzani
  • - Nurata Suzani, made in the town of Nurata in Uzbekistan.
  • - Pskent Suzani
  • - Samarkand Suzani
  • - Shakhrisabz Suzani
  • - Tashkent Suzani
  • - Ura Tube Suzani (Istaravshan, Tajikistan)

Suzanis are the last exponents of an age-old tradition, which draw our attention by their mysteriousness and beauty.

All our furnitures are hand made in Lebanon.

Vintage fabrics are delicate , for light use and handling with care.