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The incorrectly interpreted suzani embroidery

Only one of the Burrell Suzanis was interpreted incorrectly.‌‌

 The embroidered wedding-night bedsheet in this group has had its original plain central area removed, leaving the bedsheet looking more like a square-arched hanging with a void below the arch. When Sir William Burrell purchased it, the sheet had a green silken fabric stitched in the rectangular void. 

The removal of the original part of the sheet and the presence of this green silken fabric may be the cause of the misunderstanding associated with the function of this embroidery, and its misattribution as a hanging for a doorway. The green fabric was subsequently removed from the bedsheet.

You can learn more about the topic in the book-album “The Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the Collections of Great Britain” (Volume XLVI) in the series "Сultural legacy of Uzbekistan in the world collections".

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The incorrectly interpreted suzani embroidery