Sunday, November 7, 2010

On Windows of Rural Russia

These photos made me happy this morning. Photographer Ivan Hafizov takes photos of old window casings all over Russia in rural towns and villages. Interesting how they all reflect a specific character of the area they come from. I love to look at the reflections in the glass, and sometimes you can have a peek through the windows.

In Izhevsk (a town in the West of Russia), the look I am more or less used to.
 Резной деревянный наличник города Ижевск
love love this - the background pink and the criss-cross branches with some berries remaining



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Резной деревянный наличник города ИжевскРезной деревянный наличник города Ижевск


From Irkutsk in the south of Russia where average temperatures through the year are below 0°C. These casings are gianormous, very ornamental and usually have shutters which is unusual for Central Russian windows. The windows are usually high, even the ground floor windows are placed above an average person's height. They look almost unfamiliar to me.

Резной деревянный наличник города Иркутск

Резной деревянный наличник города Иркутск

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modernised and renovated with pvc
Резной деревянный наличник города Иркутск

an aloe vera plant warm and cozy inside (above)


Резной деревянный наличник города Иркутск
gone on holidays. so elegant, wonderful colours

Резной деревянный наличник города Иркутск
Резной деревянный наличник города Иркутск

'we used to be the fanciest in our street' 


From Krasnoyarsk in the south. Again, a totally distinct, very geometric, stylized, art deco feel about these casings. In Krasnoyarsk windows are much lower than in Irkutsk, sometimes you have to kneel to photograph a window. All shades of blue seem to prevailРезной деревянный наличник города Красноярск



Резной деревянный наличник города КрасноярскРезной деревянный наличник города Красноярск

on a tight budget, probably. love the tiny 'airing window' - will let some fresh air in in the winter but won't let out too much heat

Резной деревянный наличник города КрасноярскаРезной деревянный наличник города Красноярска

Резной деревянный наличник города КрасноярскаРезной деревянный наличник города Красноярска
love the one above, it's honest simple, ascetic even, and full of style at the same time


Резной деревянный наличник города Красноярска
this one is 'for sale'. and it'sitting on the ground.

Myshkin is a tiny town in western Russia. These are its windows:
Резной деревянный наличник города Мышкин
my great-grandmother's house outside Moscow had window casings similar to the one above

 
Резной деревянный наличник города Мышкин
Резной деревянный наличник города Мышкин






































In Borisoglebsk (south-west)
very flaky

In Yaroslavl Area (west of Russia) window casings are very ornamental, full of filegree detail
'I am different'
and these are more typical for the area.

There are so many more in Ivan's collection, I could go on for hours. Here is just a few more picks from my favourites from these areas:
Nizhniy Novgorod (in western Russia):

lovely

Nizhny Novgorod district (west):

Murom (west)
 
lovely ethnic feel about this one.

Needless to say exterior window dressing used to be very important in Russia. Primarily, the symbols carved in the casings of windows were designed to protect the inhabitants just in the same way as the symbols used in embroidered clothing were designed to protect the wearer.
All photos (C) ivanhafizov.ru

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