Bill Hammons: Writing and Running in Boulder, Colorado


Dushanbe Teahouse

In 1987, Mayor Maksud Ikramov of Dushanbe, Tajikistan announced plans to present Boulder, Colorado with a teahouse to celebrate the establishment of the cities' sister ties. The teahouse was built near Boulder Creek, on 13th between Canyon and Arapahoe streets.

For the next three years, more than 40 Tajik artisans worked to create the decorative elements of the teahouse. The names of the master woodcarvers Manon Khaidarov and Mirpulat Mirakhmatov are carved in the teahouse's ceiling, and the artists who painted the teahouse painted their names above the kitchen entrance. Eight ceramic panels created by Victor Zabolotnikov and displaying patterns of a "Tree of Life" grace the teahouse exterior, and inside the teahouse are intricate white plaster panels carved by Kodir Rakhimov, whose oil paintings are framed by this art of ancient Persia (Tajikistan and Persia (modern Iran) have close historical ties including that of language). The teahouse's central pool features seven hammered copper sculptures by Ivan Milashevich, based on the 12th century poem "The Seven Beauties."


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