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La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan: a cultural bridge between Central Asia and Europe

La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan: a cultural bridge between Central Asia and Europe

Though Lola Karimova now spends her time between Europe and North America, her connection to her homeland remains strong. Promoting Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage is one of her passions.    

Recently, Lola Karimova Tillyaeva opened the doors to La Maison de l’Ouzbekistan, a gallery located in downtown Paris. Having served for many years as Uzbekistan’s permanent delegate to UNESCO, Lola never grew tired of seeing how Uzbek art and culture captured the attention of visitors. Thus, she launched La Maison de l’Ouzbekistan. The gallery displays a wonderful array of hand-made homewares, finely crafted silks, fine timber furniture and unique ceramic pieces, all of which are inspired by Uzbek culture. Lola envisages the gallery to serve as a portal that promotes Uzbekistan in Europe, calling it “a cultural bridge between Europe and Central Asia”.

Lola and her team work hard to display each item at La Maison in its correct cultural context. This offers visitors the chance to learn about the country’s culture and traditions, and also allows them to take a few pieces home. Galeria Joseph staff who visited La Maison said:

“Just push the door of “La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan” in the heart of the French capital to be transported to a fascinating country. An open window to this country’s rich culture and artisanal ways, the Central Asian gem offers a total change of scenery through the objects and books it offers.”

Lola and her husband, businessman Timur Tillyaev have also undertaken other projects to promote their homeland. The couple co-produced a feature film, published a colouring book and have organized exhibitions. In March 2020, they organised a fashion show called: “Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today.” The event showcased the evolution of Uzbek fashion from the 1960’s through to the present day.

Lola Karimova Tillyaeva´s commitment to Uzbekistan can also be witnessed in the philanthropic work she undertakes. Along with her husband, she operates several charitable foundations in the country. The couple’s longest-running charity is You Are Not Alone. The organization helps orphans and other disadvantaged youth in Uzbekistan through providing them education and healthcare. In partnership with The Educational Centre, another of the couple’s initiatives, You Are Not Alone has had a major impact on the lives of many young Uzbeks. Not only does it encourage children to stay in school, it allows them to dream of a better life. You Are Not Alone also supports gifted children all the way through university. Lola is also a prominent figure in groups promoting interfaith dialogues in both Uzbekistan and the wider region. For her contributions to humanitarian and charitable initiatives, Lola Karimova Tillyaeva was made a Dame of the Royal Order of Francis I.

While La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan raises the image of Uzbek culture globally, Lola and Timur remain equally committed to the people of Uzbekistan and ensure young underprivileged Uzbeks are provided the opportunities they need to thrive.

‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ a new project supported by Lola Tillyaeva

‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ a new project supported by Lola Tillyaeva

The Karimov Foundation has recently launched a new project promoting Uzbekistan’s rich culture, this time through fashion. ‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ is the latest of many initiatives from the activist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Lola Karimova Tillyaeva. ‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ is an exhibition exploring how fashion has evolved since the 1960s.… Continue Reading

10 Writers of Turkic Literature You Need to Know About

10 Writers of Turkic Literature You Need to Know About

Central Asian Turkic literature is defined as the written and oral literary traditions of people from the region that encompasses what we now call Uzbekistan, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and some parts of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Over the centuries, the people of Central Asia have produced sublime works of literature in a range… Continue Reading

Spotlight on 5 of the World’s Most Beautiful Scents

Spotlight on 5 of the World’s Most Beautiful Scents

Throughout recorded history, people have adorned themselves with perfumes and essential oils that convey deeply meaningful senses of individual personality. The perfumer’s art on display in products from The Harmonist features scents such as rose, oud, vetiver, patchouli, and sandalwood, among other classic perfume notes. These ingredients are derived from the finest sources around the… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about the Savitsky Collection

What You Need to Know about the Savitsky Collection

Uzbekistan’s northwestern region is home to one of the country’s most extraordinary museums. The Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art—also called the Nukus Museum, after its home city, or the Savitsky Collection, after its founder—features one of the world’s largest collections of avant-garde Russian art, as well as a wide range of both contemporary and folk… Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Suzani – The Beautiful Art of Uzbek Embroidery

Spotlight on the Suzani – The Beautiful Art of Uzbek Embroidery

Derived from the Persian word for needle, a “suzani” is a type of decorative traditional textile that is made in Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries. The exquisitely embroidered cloth pieces, which feature vibrant color combinations and intricate needlework techniques, have been made by Uzbek women and girls for centuries. Read on to learn more… Continue Reading

A Look at the Amazing History of Uzbek Cinema

A Look at the Amazing History of Uzbek Cinema

For Western audiences who are only just starting to discover Uzbek films—a phenomenon due in large part to some high-profile retrospectives that have been appearing at international film festivals and theaters in the last few years—it may come as a surprise to learn that cinema in Uzbekistan is in fact a tradition that stretches back… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Fragrance Composition

What You Need to Know about Fragrance Composition

If you peruse the descriptions of the different signature scents from The Harmonist, a new maison de parfum that draws inspiration for its fragrances from the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui, you’ll see references to “top notes,” “middle notes,” and “base notes.” But what exactly do these classifications mean, and how do they relate… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Rishtan’s Famous Ceramics

What You Need to Know about Rishtan’s Famous Ceramics

As one of Uzbekistan’s oldest forms of applied decorative arts, ceramics hold a special place in Uzbek cultural heritage. And while beautiful ceramic pieces have been made for centuries by artists all over the country, the vibrant heart of ceramics production in Uzbekistan is undoubtedly Rishtan, a historic small town in the Ferghana Valley not… Continue Reading

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