Tradition to decorate windows with carved casings comes from the pre-Christian times when the adorned frames were supposed to be preserving home owners from evil spirits. Also, the functional purpose of it is to fill the gap between the cover and the wall of a house.
Russia has always been proud of these fabulous decorated windows, but unfortunately in twentieth century the art has fallen into decay. Now very few people build houses in the originally Russian style; meanwhile lots of old buildings with traditional ornament are being ramshackle.
In case of total disappearance, to save at least a memory, the photographer Ivan Hafizov travels around the country and makes pictures of the beautiful window casings. By this moment Ivan has been visiting numerous Russian villages and towns and made thousands of photographs of various window covers which he places into his own virtual museum.
We have been visiting Ivan's web site and decided to pick up and show here several great specimens. Some of them are relatively new or restored, some are more than 150 years old.
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Photographer: Ivan Hafizov