Seven bronze maidens greet guests as they enter
These enchanting sculptures are situated in a rock-enclosed pond in the center of the tea house. The pond contains a group of small koi and some water plants. There is so much beautiful and diverse art in this place that it would take hours to take it all in. To the right is a photo of hand painted tables and stools for a group of people to just have tea and perhaps play a board game. Some of the tables are elevated on a platform, some are grouped next to the pond. There are also umbrella tables in the gardens outside. In addition to the matching panels outside on either side of the entrance, there are two white panels inside plus several elaborate textile pieces and at least two huge oil paintings. The most dominating of all the art is the ceiling, made up of individual indented blocks so that each person can look up into the intricate colors of one block design as in this panel which was directly above our table. With all the intricate carvings and paintings one would think it might be too "busy" or distracting but I found the ambiance of the entire place to be calming and assuring. Yet another photo is of a wall hanging which appeared to be a type of batik with more of the circular and repeated designs. The Tajiks who designed and assembled the tea house helped compile a book explaining the symbolism of each piece of art. This is my second trip to Dushanbe and I know I will go again. Paula and I are already making plans to go there with some mutual friends who enjoy writing together. What an inspiring place to write!
Of course, It is an added bonus that the food was tasty, artistically presented and complemented by the best selection of world teas I've seen anywhere in the Denver area.