Suzani, Uzbekistan, Circa 1880 – This magnificent antique Uzbek suzani is a colorful work of art with lavish embroidered decorations and ample ethnographic charm ideal for today’s exotic interiors and eclectic styles. The dazzling collection of concentric medallions and ferny vines is set in a formal coffered composition that incorporates vibrant colors and an endless assortment of expressive variations. Each charming mandala depicts a unique centerpiece, including radiant polychrome stars, expansive palmettes and richly colored rosettes. Graceful vines with foliate accents frame each glamorous medallion while providing an elegant segue to the feathery background, which features filamentous tendrils and colorful florets. The creative free-form decorations are alive with quirky tribal details that are sharply countered by the formal composition, which employs well-organized borders, strapwork guardbands and a central focal point that unites the beautifully varied designs.