Uzbekistan

Bakhtiyor Nazirov & Diyorbek Nazirov

Rishtan ceramic dishes have long been prized by Uzbek families, used for everyday meals and tea, as well as for special occasions. Bakhitor Nazirovand his son Diyorbek are well-known for their intricate designs in blue and turquoise which, according to ancient beliefs, are the colors of pure water and cloudless sky, symbolizing happiness. Bakhitor began…
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Muhayo Alieyeva

I believe that using handmade textiles through fashion is a stepping-stone to a better life for women, and I am proud to be  investing in the women and girls of Uzbek nation.

Fatullo Kendjaev

Our school is important for two reasons. It brings our famous and very old carpet weaving traditions back to life. And it trains apprentices who start their own successful workshops and studios.

Fatillo Kendjaev

Lushly textured, intricately patterned, and riotously colored—not to mention steeped in history, Uzbek rugs have enthralled collectors for centuries. Once part of the Persian Empire, Uzbekistan artists have a long tradition of creating exquisite textiles, passing skills from one generation to the next. Master artisan Fatillo Kendjaev, raised in a family of weavers, has an interest in making textiles which extends far beyond simply creating pretty rugs.

Dilshod Usmanov

Soumak weaving is an integral part of Uzbekistan’s artistic and cultural heritage. The intricate textile-making process is intimately known to Dilshod Usmanov of Samarkand. The process starts with an artist choosing his pattern and palette, then procuring yarn. The carpet begins to take shape by wrapping weft yarns over four warp threads, and then drawing…
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Obidjon Obudov

Few types of headgear are as regionally specific as Cho’girma (chugirma), the outsized, fantastically textured hats native to Uzbekistan; nevertheless, these inherently dramatic headgear, covered allover with shaggy, undyed sheep wool, can be enjoyed around the globe, thanks to artists like Obidjon Obudov. Thought to have originated in this part of Uzbekistan in the 15th…
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Anvar Kurbanov

Comprising several dozen expert textile artisans, all based in the ancient city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan, the workshop of master weaver and designer Anvar Kurbanov produces richly hued and elegantly patterned kilim-style as well as pile carpets in traditionally vibrant colors and designs. “In my work,” explains Kurbanov, “I only use time-proven tools and materials, just…
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Nargis Bekmuhamedova

The wearable art of Uzbek master weaver Nargis Bekmuhamedova comprises a showstopping combination of brilliant color and exquisite pattern and striking forms. The traditional costumes of men and women in Central Asia, specifically in Bekmuhamedova’s beloved Samarkand City, have utilized a similarly modest, loose-fitting cut and style for centuries, impervious to fads. One of the…
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Khomid Zukhurutdinov

In many Uzbekistan homes, richly colored, beautifully designed carpets act as decorative and functional centerpieces. Khomid Zukhurutdinov, together with his artisans at the Al Khabib Carpet Shop in Bukhara, produce heirloom-quality hand-knotted silk and wool carpets in traditional, centuries-old styles. Most of the carpets designed by Zukhurutdinov comprise painstakingly detailed and arranged geometric designs with…
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Sanjar Ravshanovich Nazarov

Third-generation master embroiderer Sanjar Ravshanovich Nazarov grew up watching artists—in this case, his father and grandfather—at work. Today, with his own team of artisans and apprentices, Nazarov runs a large workshop in historic Bukhara, Uzbekistan. His birthplace offers myriad sources of creative inspiration, and also encourages him to maintain the gorgeously unique, centuries-old embroidery practices…
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Muhayo Aliyeva

Muhayo Aliyeva and her sisters founded Bibi Hanum with the goal of reviving and renewing interest in the craft of making traditional Uzbek clothing. The main mission of their workshop is to support women and preserve their cultural heritage. Bibi Hanum creates robes, caftans, contemporary clothes and home accessories using handmade traditional silk and cotton…
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Ikhtiyor Kendjaev

Weaver Ikhtiyor Kendjaev comes from a family steeped in ancient techniques of carpet design and craft. Though he was born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan—a region famed for its textiles—Kendjaev’s ancestors were originally from Afghanistan, and brought with them their own unique creative traditions. The process of carpet weaving and natural dyeing has been passed down from…
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Zarina Kendjaeva

Bukhara, Uzbekistan is beloved the world over for its wealth of artforms. It’s here, in this ancient city, that Zarina Kendjaeva’s traditional suzani embroidery both expands upon traditional floral and symbolic designs, and also achieves special distinction for its unusual patterning and coloration. In Uzbekistan and elsewhere in Central Asia, suzani is used for decorative…
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