Tbilisi Georgia

Georgian Enamel Accessories 

Tbilisi Georgia

One of the best places in Tbilisi, where you can buy enamel and other jewelry and accessories made of silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones, antiques – Saturday Flea Market – Market at Sukhoi Bridge and its surroundings. One of the reasons why foreign tourists arrive in Georgia – a unique, very original jewelry of the highest quality, sold at a low price. Also, you can find unique accessories at Qarvasla Museum, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Antique Jewelry and Georgian accessories

There is a shop in Tbilisi – Legenda, which was founded in 2003 and since the very day of its foundation the main goal of its activity was the revival and development of the lost art of Georgia. Legenda produces copies on the motives of pieces of those Georgian cultural statues obtained as a result of the archaeological discoveries.

Handmade Scarves

Accessories made from Teqa

Felt craft is traditional in mountainous regions of Georgia: Tusheti, Kakheti, Khevi and Javakheti. The best examples of decorative felt items were made in Tusheti. Tushetian felt craft is particular with its simple and refined ornament. Felt can be of any color, and made into any shape or size. Felt makings are used in clothing, souvenirs, and playthings, accessorizes and etc.

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Georgian Ceramics

“White Studio” is offering Georgians and foreigner’s high quality modern works of ceramics and contemporary shapes with traditional Georgian elements. The works are created through world-renowned technologies and trends of Georgian porcelain, faience and red clay. The Studio tries to promote creative potential of modern ceramics as one of the most popular branches of art, to refine artistic level of traditional and modern ceramic works and to improve the quality of Georgian souvenirs.

 

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Old Tbilisi – the labyrinth of narrow streets and wooden houses

Old Tbilisi

Old Tbilisi city wooden houses 

Old Tbilisi ’s traditional houses, with their wooden and wrought iron balconies, are undeniably beautiful and one of the city’s best known historical features. Many of the houses date from the 19th century as much of the city was destroyed by the devastating Persian invasion of 1795.

Old Tbilisi ’s real soul can be explored in a diversity of wooden balconies. You can often come across houses built in Baroque and Rococo style, but here I will focus on the wooden “hanging” balconies.

Old Tbilisi

The houses in this district are characterized by deep, elaborately carved, wooden balconies painted white, ochre, pale blue, and cinnamon. Sometimes the balconies are cantilevered from the front of the facade; sometimes they wrap around three sides.

Balconies, usually taking the form of glassed-in verandas, are also found facing the inner courtyard. Exterior spiral staircases-often of metal, with the treads worn paper thin-join one story to another.

Both balcony and courtyard reflect the Georgian love of company, of sharing one’s life with friends and neighbors.

They also bespeak a deep attachment to the outdoors and a repugnance at being shut in. Many courtyards boast large mulberry trees or a pergola of tightly woven grape vines beneath which sits a picnic table or two. Many a citizen’s sense of well-being is directly linked to these spaces.

The area known today as the Tbilisi Old Town  is also called Kala.

It is the original settlement on the right bank of the Mtkvari River that developed below the walls of the Narikala Fortress when Vakhtang Gorgasali established his capital in Tbilisi in the fifth century.

The architecture in the old Tbilisi is a mixture of Georgian with strong influences of Byzantine, European and Middle Eastern architectural styles. The oldest parts of town, including the Abanot-Ubani, Avlabari, and to a certain extent the Sololaki districts clearly have a traditional Georgian architectural look with Middle Eastern influences.

Do you know that in the western part of Georgia, near the city of Kutaisi is located Khomli Mountain. According to the old historical sources, Khomli is considered as a mystical place, where Greek legendary heroes Argonauts and Heracles were travelling. Khomli Mountain is the mountain, where Prometheus was chained by Zeus’ order…

Do you know that cultivation of tea started at the beginning of the 19th century. Prince Mamia V Gurieli, last ruler of Guria principality in western Georgia, followed advice of the famous   botanists Andre Michaux and his son Francois Andre Michaux, who were the first to bring the tea plant to the United States in 1799 and ordered first samples. These were brought to his botanical garden by the Scottish agronomist and gardener Jacob Montague Marr, together with other exotic plants.  Cultivation of this once unknown plant laid the grounds for the development of what in the following decades became one of the biggest agricultural industries in Georgia.

 

Do you know that grape pips found by Georgian archaeologists among the ruins of the settlement of Dangreuli Gora near Marneuli (a town south of Tbilisi) date back to the 7th millennium BC. Nowadays, you may enjoy any kind of wine in Georgia that cultivates up to 500 indigenous grape varieties and has been making wines for more than 8000 years:  traditional and modern, dry and sweet, white or red…

Do you know that Georgian wines managed to win recognition internationally and are associated with a very consistent quality and excellent value for money. Georgian wines have been recognized by international critics and over 2015 have been awarded numerous prizes in prestigious international competitions:

  • 9 Georgian wines  won top awards at  MUNDUS VINI International Wine Award 2017 in Germany: 7 gold and 2 silver medals
  • 32 Georgian wines received awards of  International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2016 in London, including 1 gold medal,  2 silver medals and 12 bronze medals
  • 4 Georgian wines were awarded 2 gold and 2 silver medals at Les Citadelles Du Vin  2015 held in Bordeaux (France)

And many others….