Embroidered motifs on suzani often had symbolic meaning. The ewers (pouring vessels) seen on this piece are symbols of hospitality since, traditionally, a young woman or child poured water from a ewer over the hands of arriving guests as a sign of welcome.

Cotton was hand-woven before factory cloth was imported from Russia, and indeed many of the early suzani quilts were embroidered on hand-loomed cotton. 

Quilted and embroidered suzani
c
1870
1900
Made in
Nurata
Uzbekistan
81
58
IQSCM, Gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation
2010.045.0016