7 Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Posted on May 28, 2012 by team

Last time we began to walk along Khiva, why not continue the tour today?

People, mosaic and wood carving are inside the post.

The walls of Itchan Kala had been reliably protecting the city for a thousand of years, but in 1220 were demolished by the Mongols. In the gentle slopes they started to bury the dead locals. In 1790 the city wall was restored, it was 2100 m long and 7-8 m high. At the ground level it was 6 m thick.

Such burials can be explained: underground waters here are too close to the ground surface so the traditional way of burial is impossible. The funeral color of Khorezm is white, of Samarkand is blue.

Doors are real masterpieces here. They are made of elm. Patterns of each door are unique. All doors are covered with flax-seed or cottonseed oils. You may spend plenty of time looking at them…

By the age of 14 children already have craft skills and help adults.

The master shows a bookholder. They can be different, carved of solid wooden pieces without any bolts, glue or something.

Boxes with a secret: to open one you have to do many turning manipulations. It’s the only place in Uzbekistan where you can find such bookholders or secret boxes.

Khiva Carpet Workshop. Sisters are embroidering.


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7 Responses to “Khiva: People, Culture And History”

  1. OLUT says:

    These are really nice, I want to go there now! I have a soft spot for the girl in the first picture, making doll clothes. My grandmother was a serious Barbie-doll collector and made clothes for them. All us kids were very popular when the neighbor girls would have birthdays, because we gave them fancy doll dresses that were nicer than the stuff you could buy. Such good memories…

  2. Russiafan says:

    Beautiful photos,story well told, worthy of any magazine in the world. With wonders such as these, why isn’t Russia a major tourist destination?

  3. Daniel says:

    Nice photos. Thank you.

  4. PIF says:

    What a beautiful place. I will definitely go there one day…

  5. skopeil says:

    seems like in the book..1001 nights.

  6. Rabbi Goldstein says:

    oh no I must work out a way to exterminate these poeple

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