Ferghana to Tashkent

Leaving Ferghana at 8am we drove to Rishta. home of Uzbek pottery. We visited the studio/workshop of Rustam Usmanov who is well known for his designs and pottery. It was fascinating to  not only see the pots being thrown on the wheel but the painting and artwork on them. In particular we admired the tiles that are individually done but fit together into a pattern.



We consequently bought 50 tiles ( 1/2 square metre total) that had been created to fit together with a border. Beautiful work. I am not sure what we will do with them yet, but I am thinking of a tiled table top. In the meantime they are taking up some room in “Vulcan”

Then onto Kokand where we toured the palace and were given some history into the area. Lunch under a shady tree and on the road again to Tashkent.

Police checks of passports and car registrations delayed us and we drove over the pass .

IMG_2059IMG_2056IMG_2054IMG_2053IMG_2052 (1)IMG_2048IMG_2041IMG_2038IMG_2035Arrived in Tashkent early evening and had dinner at a restaurant called “Caravan”…very appropriate for a group on the “Silk Road”.

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