Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

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

People, mosaic and wood carving are inside the post.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

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.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

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.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

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…

Khiva: People, Culture And History

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

Khiva: People, Culture And History

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

Khiva: People, Culture And History

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: People, Culture And History

Khiva Carpet Workshop. Sisters are embroidering.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

A room where they make carpets

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

They use only natural dye to color thread.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Plants in patterns are most popular in this region. In Samarkand they prefer geometric patterns.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Tash Khovli Palace was built in 1831-1841.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

How do you like the ceilings?

Khiva: People, Culture And History

These patterns would never look so perfectly on any other material.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Kunya Arc Palace

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Majolica mosaic. Majolica plates are nailed to the walls.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

The patterns should calm and make think of the eternity.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

This pattern symbolizes the solar system and the planets in it, eternity of the Universe.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Door patterns

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Gates to Kunya Arc fortress – the main citadel of Itchan Kala

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Uzbek books can be bought here

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Here are traces of the ancient caravans…

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Kibla Tazabog Palace built in the 19th century is incredibly beautiful.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

The architecture has many European elements too.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Patterns in plaster

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Muhammad Amin Khan madrasah – one of the biggest in Khiva.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Local tourism is surprisingly well developed in the region.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Dolls master

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

His daughter is making clothes for the dolls.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Juma Mosque Columns. The architecture of the mosque is quite unusual: there are no high domes or portals, only a rectangular hall. The mosque was built in the 18th century on the place of the old mosque dated the 10th century.  The columns of the 10th century remained in the new mosque to impess people today.

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Khiva: People, Culture And History

Location: Khiva

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7 thoughts on “Khiva: People, Culture And History”

  1. 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. 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?

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