- Russian folk device for boiling water and tea making. You can try tea from a samovar at some of the places mentioned by me in this article.
Samovar for a Russian was a symbol of home, comfort, companionship. The presence of a samovar in the house was the evidence of material prosperity. During the XIX and XX centuries samovar became characteristic feature of Russian life, the central subject of tea drinking. In the XIX century it was already considered to be a part of the national cultural tradition.
XIX century was the “golden age” of Russian samovar manufacturing. Each factory was trying to come up with their original samovar. The items had extremely diverse shapes, sizes and capacities from a glass to twenty liters.
In Soviet times, they were producing samovars, running on coal and electric ones. They are still available in our days. Electric samovars are like the same kettles made in the shape of traditional samovar (so it is kind of fake samovar).
Faced glass (Гранёный стакан)
Faceted glass has a number of advantages over conventional glass of cylindrical shape. Due to its faces a glass is stronger than usual, can survive at falling to the floor. Therefore faceted glasses are produced so far and are used in schools, catering, passenger trains (usually with a cup holder), on ships.
Mass production of glass began only in 1756 after opening Gusev Crystal Factory. Since then, changing color, size, shape and number of faces (it ranged from 8 to 20, always staying even), faceted glass became an integral symbol of Russian people’s life.
Cup holder (Podstakannik= Подстаканник)
- a convenient fixture that allows people to keep a glass with hot drink in the hands. Variety of shapes and decorative elements can easily explain the popularity of cupholders among foreigners.
The decoration on the kettle made of patches
Kettle covers made of patches are quite popular among foreign visitors, as well as bright toys, made from patches.