Suzanis; a type of textile made mostly in Tajikistan, and parts of Uzbekistan such as Bukhara & Samarkand. 

‘Suzani’ name of the exquisite silk mural embroideries comes from Persian “sozan” which means “a needle”. The art of making such textiles in Iran is also called ‘Suzandozi’ (needlework). Tajik & Uzbek Silk Handmade Suzanis gives people an insight into the old culture and tradition of the Ancient Khorasan land. Such works of art were prepared and used for ceremonial events like wedding, fittings for horses and horsemen, and the general embellishment of reception areas. Traditionally this embroidery work began at the birth of a daughter and continued, with the help of family and friends, until the bride’s dowry was complete. The patterns of Suzanis are an expression of women’s mood and fantasies; and not only that…Most of all, Suzanis are the last exponents of an age-old tradition.


Found a bunch of new posters with Soviet republics emblems and patterns. And a bonus double-sided poster with the Russian alphabet. I don’t think I can find second copies of these, so first come first serve! Published in 1988.
(Sorry for the bad photos, we get aweful daylight these days with all the rains)

See all posters on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SovietPostcards?section_id=19367225

  • Old Dude seeing me on my phone: Why don't you read the news instead of tweeting and texting.
  • Me: I'm actually reading an article from The Economist on my phone about Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan's mock elections. What are your thoughts on the topic?
  • Old Dude taken aback: I don't know.
  • Me: Well then why don't you read the news instead of chastising teenagers on their phones?

stunning photos of central asian life taken from 1909-1912

1. a boy sits in the courtyard of tillia-kari mosque, samarkand.

2. shackled prisoners.

3. a nomadic kirghiz family on the golodnaia steppe.

4. isfandiyar jurji bahadur, khan of khorezm.

5. a group of women from dagestan.

6. the emir of bukhara, alim khan, 1911.

7. sart woman in paranja, samarkand.

8. a kebab house in samarkand.

9. students sit with their teacher in a samarkand madrasa.

10. worshippers pose for a picture outside a samarkand mosque.

British Museum helps return stolen artefact to Uzbekistan
17 July 2017: The British Museum has helped to recover an important medieval Islamic artefact that surfaced in a London gallery after it was stolen from a monument in Uzbekistan.

The enormous calligraphic glazed tile – half a metre in height – had disappeared in 2014. Thieves left a gaping hole after they removed it from the magnificent entrance facade of a 12th-century monument, just over 12 miles (20km) from Bukhara, the Unesco world heritage site on the ancient Silk Road route.

Part of a high-relief turquoise glazed inscription, the tile was thought to have been lost forever until it surfaced in a Mayfair gallery, where it was being offered for sale.

The theft was not officially reported, but an Oxford scholar who had recently returned from the historic site spotted it in a catalogue published by the Simon Ray gallery.

Ray, who had bought it in good faith, immediately contacted the British Museum, which describes the tile’s recovery as “dramatic”.

The museum will this week stage an official handover to the Uzbek embassy in London.
(via World News | The Guardian)