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Top Choice Carpets in Khiva

Khiva Silk Carpet Workshop

Carpet makers hand-weave high-quality silk rugs here, not in traditional carpet patterns but in unique designs inspired by Khivan tilework, carved doors and miniature paintings. There's usually someone here to give …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Tashkent

Abulkasim Medressa

Close to the Oliy Majlis in Navoi Park, this medressa has been turned into an artisans’ school and workshop where local wood carvers, lacquerware makers, metal workers and miniature painters ply and teach their craf…
Arts & Crafts in Samarkand

Happy Bird Handicrafts Centre

A dozen craft shops cluster around this single courtyard, making it a great place to shop for quality souvenirs, from ceramics and jewellery to wood carvings and suzani (embroidery). The handmade paper comes from ne…
Market in Samarkand

Siob Bazaar

Around and behind Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand's frenetic, colourful main market is a great place for both vegetarians and photographers (vegetarian photographers will be in heaven!). There are a few souvenir stall…
Arts & Crafts in Samarkand

Dil-Suzani Boutique

If you are interested in buying suzani (embroidery), owner Dilshod in the Tilla-Kari Medressa is very knowledgeable and gives an excellent free introduction to the symbolism of embroidery designs and Samarkand's tra…
Market in Tashkent

Tezykovka Bazaar

The vast local flea market of Tezykovka Bazaar is also known as Yangiobod Market. This sombre sea of junk – ‘everything from hedgehogs to car parts’ as one resident put it – is located in the Khamza District, and re…
Carpets in Bukhara

Tim Abdulla Khan

For carpets, you couldn’t ask for a better shopping atmosphere than at the silk-weaving centre in this cavernous late-16th-century building, located near Taki-Telpak Furushon Bazaar (a tim was a general market). Ven…
Carpets in Samarkand

Samarkand-Bukhara Silk Carpets Showroom

Samarkand-Bukhara Silk Carpets has a Registan-based showroom with its trademark high-quality woven silk tapestries and suzani carpets on display. If you have a special interest you can arrange to visit the factory e…
Clothing in Bukhara

Feruza's Ikat Store

If your itinerary isn't taking you to the Fergana Valley, check out Feruza's stall for a great collection of stylish, family-made ikat silks from Margilon. Asking prices start at US$5 per metre for cotton to US$20 p…
Antiques in Tashkent

Chorsu Antiques

There are several antique and musical instrument shops nestled here amid a row of hardware and baby cradle shops behind Chorsu Bazaar. Interesting finds include khalat (cloaks) and excellent quality suzani. Haggle h…