Armenian Carpet. 2013. 130х200 сm
Azerbaijan Carpet. 2013. 130х200 сm
Belarusian Carpet. 2013. 135х200 сm
Bukhara Carpet. 2013. 130х200 сm
Carpet Ganja. 2016. 150х200 сm
Cuba. 2016. 130х200 сm
Kazakh Carpet. 2013. 150х200 сm
Kharkov Carpet. 2013. 147х197 сm
Moldavian Carpet. 2013. 130х200 сm
My Carpet. 2013. 135х200 сm
Persian Carpet. 2013. 196х295 сm
Tajik Carpet. 2013. 180х250 сm
Turkmen Carpet. 2013. 130х200 сm
Ukrainian Carpet. 2013. 130х200 сm
Uzbek Carpet. 2013. 130х200 сm
100 Years Crystal Carpets. 2016. 180х300 сm
Russians go 2. 2014. 150х200 сm
by A. Gankevich
The translation from Tibetan of the Sanskrit word "mandala" (dkyil-‘khor) means "something that
surrounds the center." The center carries the meaning, and its surrounding – the Mandala – is a symbol,
represented in the form of a circle, that expresses its value. Although not all mandalas have a round
In the early 60-70s, every wealthy Soviet family surrounded themselves with cozy carpets, making thin
walls in “Khrushchev” and “Brezhnev” type of flats warmer. In the same years, crystal glass appeared.
Crystal glass in the houses demonstratively sat in the most prominent places, sparkled in every “gorka”
(a russian word for a cupboard with glass panels), as on the altar. Carpets were not laid on the floor, as
they once were in Byzantium, but were hung above the bed, covering not the smoothest walls of the
flat, just like paintings.
I could say that the 70-80s were happy years of my youth; I spent these years in cozy, “carpet-crystal”
atmosphere of a carefree Soviet childhood, lying under a huge carpet that absorbed my attention and
imagination with its abstract pattern.
Carpet and crystal are the symbols of a high level of consumption and wealth of the Soviet family. You
can see the European-Asian aesthetic taste of the Soviet people in these addictions.
Crystal glass is the West. Carpets are the East.
The two Soviet values - crystal and carpets – were used as a material for the creation of two main
elements of the Soviet world: the Center, which carries a form and a meaning, and the Mandala –
everything that surrounds it.