Photographer's Note

I leave Laos for a time being, back to Central Asia deep from my archive & photo diary...

Walk along the maze of passageways within the most compact historic Khiva old city surrounded by huge earth- tone mud walls, you will never imagine what awaits you inside. This is a courtyard of the fortified palace complex that the ruler then once received his subjects- being one of the most remarkable buildings lavishly decorated with intricate blue and turquoise motifs majolica designs which weave across in a seemingly endless array to resemble hanging carpets. The high 'iwan' rests on two carved wooden columns with marble engraved base and their combination with the richest tilework finishing remain unsurpassed.......

These tiles were nailed into the walls through a small hole in the centre of each pcs and the designs would then continue faultlessly across the expanse of asymmetric tiles in mesmerising detail. Arabic numbers were painted onto each tile so that they could later be assembled like a large jigsaw puzzle onto the walls.

Setting: 24 mm, 1/60 sec, F5.6, ISO Raw 200, 1333 hrs

Additional Pictures:
Workshop1: Complicated pattern thru the swirl at its most opulent...
If you look closely you may see an Arab numeral on a tile, thus the tiles could be laid out in the right order.

Workshop2: Highly delicate and complex interface.....
Again look for the numbers and the nail holes

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Additional Photos by abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6982 W: 150 N: 15203] (67012)
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