Saturday, September 17, 2011

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse


The next stop on my Colorado adventure was to see my cousin Polly who lives in Lafayette, near Boulder. My aunt happened to overlap my trip by a few hours, so the three of us headed to The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for lunch. What a treat! The place is amazing!

Boulder is the sister city to Dushanbe, Tajikistan and the mayor of Dushanbe announced in 1987 that they were going to present Boulder with a Teahouse to celebrate their "sister city ties."
More than 40 artisans in several cities in Tajikistan created this beautiful work of art.



The hand-carved and hand-painted ceilings, the hand made tables, stools, and columns ... everything is incredible! It has the most beautiful feeling inside. I swear, you can feel the love that was poured into it.



The exterior ceramic panels are just gorgeous!



That is my Aunt Penny, in white, sitting at our table. My cousin, meanwhile was trying to get one of the delicious recipes out of the chef!




It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
~Henry David Thoreau





Below, the Fountain of the Seven Beauties by artist Ivan Milosovich, based on a 12th Century Poem of Nizami Ganjavi.


From one of the tables ...


and a beautiful hand-painted bench ...



O.K., if you ever make it there ... this is a portion of the menu. Order the one in the middle. My aunt did and my cousin and I had our forks in her food. It was completely unique and out of this world delicious!









Next time I go see my cousin, I am definitely returning to this magical place. What a treat! I am trying to think of how I can possible paint those fabulous designs on my ceiling!

If you want to read more about craftsmanship of the teahouse click here.


There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
~~G.K. Chesterton



10 comments:

Pam Holnback said...

I've been to this teahouse! It is incredible! You're right!

Joyce said...

The colors and details are amazing. Their menu looks good too. xo

PK Studios said...

SO gorgeous and romantic! I'm so envious....I want to go!!!!!

mermaid gallery said...

love the "matisse" like bench painting....it calls out to me....

KathyA said...

LOVE the Thoreau quote!

That place is gorgeous!!!

Did she ever get the recipe from the chef?

ruthie said...

Oh my, i am so envious too! Delicious, everything! Adore the decoration & colours!!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

What a magical place indeed! My list is getting longer with each posting you do!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Magical...INDEED! Even the menu was full of exotic!!

Loree said...

Thanks for sharing. It's hard to believe that that teahouse is in Boulder. It looks like somewhere totally different.

jane said...

it is lovely. and another reason i can add to my list of why i want to live in colorado when i retire. :)
hugs!