Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

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For someone Russia means bears, for others – vodka or birch trees.. or maybe borsch.. But I guess, quite probably, there are people who associate their motherland with … window surrounds! The country still has many many houses with astounding wooden windows, this art was given from one generation to another, from master to master, and it is still an amazing typically Russian element of architecture.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

This is how Russian surrounds looked like before the 17th century. They had not only a decorative function but also was believed to protect people from the evil. Masters used images of heaven and the sun then, realistic images of animals.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Intricate carved elements of windown surrounds.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Special style. Some elements symbolized earth, cultivated fields.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Sunrise and sunset.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

All parts of window surrounds corresponded to cardinal directions and seasons. Location of different symbols was also important.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Modern style.

Russian window surrounds often have solar symbols, the sun is usually represented by a rhombus.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Dark red and white.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Style similar to khokhloma.

In Soviet time the solar symbol was widely replaced by a flower or a five-pointed star.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Some were decorated with bird images and thunder symbols. The latter meant courage and bravery, Russian military power.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Delicate one.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Modern motives.

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Almost a faity-tale window.

Window surrounds from different locations of Russia:

Amazingly Wonderful Russian Window Surrounds

Aren’t they beautiful?

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