|Cotton flower design, Ferghana|
Many buildings from the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s were richly and elegantly decorated in mosaics depicting Uzbek themes, heroic workers, floral and geometric patterns.
Highly-skilled artists were commissioned to design the panels and the cityscape of Tashkent, in particular, became notable for these marvellous works.
One of my favourite pastimes in an Uzbek city is roaming around the suburbs discovering these decorations. My hope is that an Uzbek photographer will document this social history before it is too late.
Here are some more of my favourite examples.
|Heroic worker mosaic in the Samarkand suburb of Sogdiana|
|Immense mosaic in central Tashkent, richly decorated with Uzbek motifs.|
|Bus stop detail, Shakrisabs region|
When you are in Uzbekistan, it is easy to be dazzled by the superb Islamic monuments with their rich, turquoise tile work. But do take time to notice other architecural details that decorate both public buildings and apartment blocks. The craftsmen who created them were indeed masters.
From time to time I will publish more images of Central Asia's architectural decorations.
Uzbekistan's Decorative Architectural Panels #1
Tashkent's Soviet Buildings
Turkmenistan: Tracking Down Mosaics
Bishkek's Mosaics: Fragmented Dream Project