My daily quest for One Beautiful Thing (OBT)

Russian (Window) Dressing



Ivan Khafizov

Years ago, I posted about some of the beautiful doors I’d found on the internet. Today, we’re instead checking out windows, in particular Russian hand-carved window frames, known as nalichniki. These glorious windows are photographed by Ivan Khafizov, who has traveled to more than 140 small Russian villages to seek out his subjects.

“This project is very vast, also it has the ultimate goal: to assemble a collection of window frames from all regions of Russia (and neighboring countries, as there are also at least in Belarus and Kazakhstan) and classify it. Perhaps – as the result will be so called atlas determinant of origin, homeland of carved window frames.”

This guy is really serious about windows! You can check out the rest of Khafizov’s window frame photos on his website and Instagram.

All photos property of Ivan Khafizov.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

27 thoughts on “Russian (Window) Dressing

  1. Something else that has to be painted.

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  2. They are a bit too fancy for my personal taste but I can still appreciate the artistry in them. It’s interesting to me how solid, mundane and plain soviet era architecture seemed to be (from my scant knowledge) and now I’m wondering if it was a reaction against this decorative style.

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  3. Very beautiful. There are some old churches in Texas that were built by German immigrants. They are very ornate and beautiful.

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  4. These are wonderful! I love the detail that went into architecture in years past.

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  5. woooow, I really love this windows!!!!! Thanks for sharing with us


  6. How stunning are these?! I love them and what a great idea for a photography book 🙂 First time I ever heard of these – thanks….I’m going to start looking more into it!


  7. Too beautifuĺ

    Sent from Samsung tablet

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  8. I’m glad that he’s recording them. It looks as if some them won’t last much longer!

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  9. Interesting post, as this kind of windows are very typical in Russia. If you are interested, I recently published a post about a “different kind of window dressing” in Russia 🙂

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  10. Beautiful photos and wonderful craftsmanship!

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