there is one thing that is a symbol of the specific Russian way of life, it is
first mention of samovars being produced in Russia was found in documents from
the mid-18th century. With the introduction of tea and coffee they quickly
became widely spread throughout the country. Within fifty years the samovar had
become an indispensable feature of everyday life. Every household had at least
one, sometimes even two (a plain one for everyday use and a more richly
decorated -and thus dearer- one for special occasions). Sometimes there would
even be a separate room for the samovar, set on a special table.
Samovars became the symbol of Russian hospitality and family comfort as well as a sign of prosperity. Sitting around a samovar, merchants would discuss trade deals, painters would argue about art and the common people would share their daily worries. The samovar was central to any gathering, like a hot domestic sun that Russian life revolved around.
** Samovars vary in size, from a glass-full to 30 liters. In Tula, the city most famous for its samovars, they made one in 1922 that had a capacity of 250 liters, took 40 minutes to boil and kept hot for nearly two days!
Samovars can now have different shapes and can be made from any available material, including copper, brass, silver, and steel.
Finding miniature samovars in Moscow has been impossible; so far I have only managed to have two different ones made, both from wood. However, I am still trying to find a master that can make me one of real copper!
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