Russian Folk Handicrafts

Golden Khokhloma


Northen Folk Art - Mezen

Lipetskiye Uzory

Russian Matryoshkas

Sergiev Posadskaya Matryoshka

Semionovskaya Matryoshka

Polkhovsky-Maidan Matryoshka
Vyatskaya Matryoshka

Russian Easter Eggs

Faberge Jewellery

House of Faberge

List of Faberge Eggs

Imperial Eggs

Faberge Works
Famous Collections of Faberge

Russian Linen

Russian Shawls

Russian Orenburg Shawls

Pavlovo Posad Shawls

Russian Cashmere Shawls

Lacquer Painting





Russian Icon Painting

Origin of Icons
Early Russian Icons
Golden Age of Russian Icon
Understanding Icons
Icon Painting Schools in Russia
Russian Icon in the Modern Age
Russian Icon Painters
Famous Russian Icons
Icon Painting Nowadays
Icon Restoration

Porcelain & Ceramics

Lomonosov Porcelain
Lomonosov Porcelain Factory Under the Tsars
Lomonosov Porcelain Factory After the Revolution
Lomonosov Porcelain Factory Today


Samovars & Trays

Traditional Samovars

Tula Samovar

Zhostovo Trays

Nizhny Tagil Trays

Russian Watches








Russian Cuisine

Russian Traditional Food

Russian Drinks
Russian Vodka
Samogon - Home Made Vodka

Hand-Made Lace

Vologda Lace

Yeletskie Kruzheva

Russian Glassware
Dyatkovo Crystal Plant
Gus-Khrustalny Crystal Factory

Russian Traditional Toys

Toys of Old Russia
Russian Toys Today
Dymkovskaya Toy

Bogorodskaya Toy

Made in Russia
Made in Russia

contact us:
15/113 generala simonyaka street
198261 st petersburg
phone: 8 812 9136128

Russian Lace

Russian Lace
This lace possibly has its origins in the early tape laces of Northern Italy. Some Russian laces feature a pattern of little holes within the tape, reminescent of Milanese Lace.

There were a number of peasant lace-making centres active during the 17th and 18th centuries, each with its own distinctive forms. Some featured exotic animal designs and vermicular tape patterns were joined with a mesh ground.

Lace making was considered to be respectable and profitable. Even members of wealthy families were involved in trades. Nobles and prosperous mechants trained their daughters in lace making as in a sort of fine arts. Women from impoverished gentry families and widows worked long hours around the year. But the majority of lace makers was represented by inhabitants of garrets and basements.

Vologda lace has won deserved fame and world-wide recognition for its high artistic value, rich ornament, and excellent workmanship. The earliest laces, which have reached us, date back to the 17th century. The lace woven from golden and silver threads decorated rich civilian and church garments and was mostly used by the nobility.

By the middle of the 19th century laces had become widely traded. At the beginning of the 20th century Vologda lace gained its distinctive artistic and stylistic features. The richness and variety of the decorative pattern, the clear-cut easy line of the design, monumentality of forms and predominance of floral motives distinguish traditional Vologda lace.

At the World Fair in Paris in 1937 the Vologda Lace Association was awarded prize for the novelty and artistry of its lace articles; at the Brussels Exhibition in 1958 Vologda lace was awarded Gold Medal.

The present development of lace weaving in Vologda and in Russia is above all associated with the "Snezhinka" lace firm. The firm employs lace-makers and professional designers. Lace is woven by hand with the help of bobbins. There is a great demand for lace products both in Russia and abroad.

Other important lace-making centres were established in Eletz, Riazan and Kirovsk. In Yaroslavl Province the early lace was distinguished by bold patterns with a diamond and square patterned ground mesh formed by brides with picots.

Lace making is one of the most laborious and time-consuming handicrafts. Though the process of weaving looks like 'a sort of fun it requires extreme patience, accuracy and good taste. And those who do not copy samples, but create them, often spend months searching after fresh idea. They produce mountings of drafts and sketches of the whole thing and all its parts. Each detail, every figure, curl and flower then are woven to try different ways, colors, materials. When the whole picture is ready on a big list of paper, the designer has to work on technology to find the right place for each pin. When this is over, lace makers start weaving itself. Big articles are made by teams and need weeks and months of hard work. Lace making tradition in Vologda survived through hard times. Now it's still alive and developing.

read more


Click Here to Buy Gifts&Souvenirs Derectly from Russia

Russia from All the Sides:

Welcom to the World of Faberge

Treasures of the World - Faberge Eggs

Welcom to the World of Faberge

Russia Art. Mezen Painting and Palekh

Russian Cuisine (Recipes, exchange board, English Translations for russian Herbs)

Russian Orthodox Church (History, Icon Painting, Church Music, Major Holidays)

Russian Folk Art

Best of Russia (History, Culture, Life, Royal Family, Major Cities)

Russian Collections (Icons, Folk Arts, Modern Art)

All About Vodka

Official Site of the Company Producing Stolichnaya Vodka

home faberge eggs watches icons Lace Khokhloma linen porcelain matryoshka toys samovars food