Antique Suzanis from Uzbekistan
"Suzani" is the Persian or Farsi word for needle and refers to textile panels embroidered with silk thread. The suzani was an integral part of a woman's artistic expression in Central Asia for hundreds of years. Traditionally, as soon as a girl was born her mother would start embroidering the suzani for her. As the daughter grew older, she would join in the process. The suzani would eventually become a part of her dowry and be used to decorate her home. These intricate and lovingly-made textiles can be used in so many ways to add texture, romance, and delight to any room.