Raqibov Karim

80522141_3164465376902244_2050470520150818816_nRaqibov Karim is a Kundal master located in Tajikistan

Read his artist story in his own words:
I was born on January 1, 1956 in Vanj district that is located in the Badakhshan region of Tajikistan (in Pamir). My life was not easy. In 1973 when I moved to Dushanbe, I entered to the Art College. I supposed to study for four years and graduate from college in 1977 but suddenly I was taken to army and had to drop out of the college because of this. After serving for homeland, I returned and graduated from the Art College in 1979. After graduating, I started to learn the art of different nations and countries in order to acquire my knowledge in art sphere. I am always developing my skills and trying to learn something new. Today I am studying in an Institution of Design. I have not only local but also foreign customers.

The origin of KUNDAL (polychrome decoative relief wall painting) dates  from the Arian period. The founder of this culture came from the time of the Dzhamshed government 5-8.000 years ago. This is a traditional design that was created based on the spirituality of the people of our culture and our heritage.

The basis of Kundal’s design consists of 3 sources: 1) Geometric ornaments – these include the square, the triangle, the circle, the rectangle and other geometric figures. 2) Arabesque – the designs come from nature, from trees, leaves, branches and flowers. 3) Zoomorphic ornaments – the ornaments used here were taken from mythical creatures such as lions with wings and legendary birds or stars and the moon.

Kundal work teaches people to be patient. In my familly, two of my sons now continue my work. At the same time I teach students at the Art College. I have 30 students who will continue this artwork together with my sons. In ancient times Kundal was mostly used by rich people, because it was made from red sand and covered with gold. For example, you can see Kundal on the throne of DZHAMSHED, on the walls of AFROSIYOB, in the ancient city of VARAKHSHA (near BUKHARA) and in the mosques of Samarkand. We see the best examples in the mosques of ISFAHAN (today in Iran). From ancient times this art continues until today and was even used for the decoration of TAJMAHAAL ( India). The best Kundal work in Tajikistan you can find in KOKHI NAVRUZ (the biggest teahouse in Central Asia) which is located in the center of the capital Dushanbe.

Information and contact: Nigina Ikromi

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