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Destination: Uzbekistan
Last updated: 10 Jan 2017

Tash Hauli Harem, Khiva, Uzbekistan

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Family khan's court Tash-Hauli (harem or haram) is separated from the official part of the palace by a continuous corridor. Its southern part is occupied by five main premises: bedrooms of khan and his four wives. The two-storey construction on perimeter of the yard has been intended for servants, relatives and concubines.

Harem of Khiva Khans
Harem of Khiva Khans

Each aivan of the harem is a masterpiece of Khiva handicraft. Their walls, ceilings and columns are covered with unique ornamental patterns. Majolica panels of the walls are decorated with traditional white-blue painting, ceilings - with red-brown paints. Windows are closed by copper openwork lattices. High wooden carved columns on stone bases are the true masterpiece of Tash-Hauli harem. They represent a big variety of forms and ornamental styles. Their cylindrical wooden surface is completely covered with ring-shaped and spiral vegetative ornaments, lines of Koran sayings and Islamic wishes. It is not only a decor, but also a talisman of the building, spiritual protection of a house column as a pillar supporting the roof.
Carved wooden column in the Harem
Carved wooden column in the Harem
Ak Mosque
Anush Khah's Bathhouses
Chadra Hauli
Complex of Seyid-Biy and Palvan-Kari Minaret
Djuma Mosque
Islam Khodja Ensemble
Kunya-Ark of Kurinysh-Khan
Madrasah of Arab-Khan and Muhammad-Amin-Inak
Madrasah of Khurdjum and Allakuli-Khan
Madrasah of Kutlug-Murad-Inak and Abdullah-Khan
Madrasah of Matniyaz Divan-Beghi
Madrasah of Muhammad Rahim Khan
Mausoleum of Seyid Ala Ad-Din
Minaret of Djuma Mosque
Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrasah and Kalta-Minor
Necropolis of Khiva Khans
Old City
Pahlavan Mahmud Necropolis
Tash Hauli Palace