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For many centuries Bukhara played the role of a major administrative, trade, craft and cultural center of Central Asia. One of the routes of the Great Silk Road passed through the city, connecting the countries of the Mediterranean with the Far East.
Marco Polo, who visited Central Asia in the 13th century, could not restrain his admiration for the work of Bukhara craftsmen, writing in his memoirs “The thinnest and most beautiful carpets in the world are made in Bukhara!”.
Suzane is a decorative panel embroidered with silk or cotton threads. Endless love for nature is reflected in the embroideries of skilled seamstresses of Bukhara, their patterns have absorbed the symbols and forms of different eras.
Thin and graceful miniatures were part of the interior of wealthy merchants and in the palaces of the Eastern Khans.
The most ancient and famous craft in Bukhara is blacksmithing. Stories about the great artisans of that time can be found in the books of the 10th century by the great Uzbek scholar Abu Raykhan al-Biruni.
The art of woodcarving in Uzbekistan originated as a decoration of wooden products, widely used in the field of architecture in Uzbekistan. Later, a variety of objects are represented as carvings on steel and wood - from massive ceiling beams to miniature children's amulets.
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