Suzani - Pink Embroidery
Vintage Suzani, embroidered prayer mat (Joinomoz), with black cotton ground cloth and silk embroidery in hot pink, pink, purple and orange. Backed with black cotton.
Date unknown, possibly 1950 - 1980s.
Joinomoz was often part of a woman's dowry. Far lighter to transport than a carpet, these mats allowed a man to have a clean, defined area available for prayer whenever he might be. The arch represents the mihrab in a mosque, which points the way to Mecca.
This is a rather large suzani, not sure if it was used as a prayer mat, despite the arch embroidery.
Country of origin : Uzbekistan
218 x 162 cm