Shahrisabs & Bukhara Embroidery

Shahrisabs Belts, Trim,
and Other Embroideries

The types of embroideries usually designated as “Shahrisabs” in textile literature include those from both the city of Shahrisabs and its close neighbor, Kitab, which was also a major silk-producing and textile center. Both cities were famous for their production of cross-stitched silk embroidered caps, belts, robes and hangings.

“Shahrisabs” belts are worn by noblemen in 19th century photographic portraits and are described as presentation gifts to Russian emissaries in the 1871 catalog of the Moscow Polytechnic exhibition.

Shahrisabs and Kitab were situated close to rural populations that had vigorously maintained their pastoralist traditions. Many people in those two cities had stronger ties to Uzbek tribal identity than did the populations of other Central Asian towns. The region’s vigorous, highly abstracted embroidery style is strikingly similar to tribal and nomadic embroidery.

2nd half 19th century 
38 x 4.5 inches  SOLD
Pair of robe trims for collar 
49.5 x 2.75 in 

2nd half 19th century 
36 x 4 inches 

mid 19th century, lined with ikat
from about 1900 
35.5 x 3.5 inches  $700

 Shahrisabz cross stitch embroidered horse cover, late 19th century, silk ikat lining, 56" x 42.5"  Purchased in Afghanistan in the 1970s.  One of the best examples we have seen (and we have seen many!).