Russian & Slavic Folk Arts

Decorative arts tell the real story of Russian history and culture. From the gilded origins of Orthodox icon painting comes the colorful finesse of fairy tales recreated in lacquer, the iconic matryoshka doll, khokhloma folk art, Mezen birch boxes and Zhostovo florals. Each piece is rich in color and quality!

Folk craft and handiwork has always come from both utilitarian and aesthetic depths of the Russian Soul. From ancient times to the dachas of today, every peasant and country cottage bears delicate traces of ornament. Traditionally, household utensils and craftsman's tools were ornately carved, inspiring the intricate designs of Finift and Fabergé. "[Russian] art was fathered", Maxim Gorky wrote in the early Soviet period, "by the potters, the blacksmiths and goldsmiths, the weavers, masons, and carpenters, the carvers in wood and ivory, the house painters and the dress makers." The legacy of decorative excellence has never been forsworn, even by the Soviet craftsperson, no matter how utilitarian the purpose of the article made. Form has always prompted ornamentation in Russian culture, and folk art continued to blossom across the many cultures and communities of Soviet Union in the 20th century. Russia's glorious history of the folk arts continues today!