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Mother Russia’s cat breed… the Russian Blue.
The Russian Blue (aka archangel blue) is known for its intelligence, playfulness, companionship, and of course, its silvery-blue coat. Some Russian blues are smart enough to learn interesting tricks, and they are playful enough to actually play “catch” like a dog. They are extremely friendly and loving towards their owners, but can sometimes be shy around strangers. Their somewhat magical blue-grey coat is thick and short-haired and their eyes are usually green.
It painted the room with rays of color,
But it felt as though it needed another.
So to The Russian Store I went,
to buy more figurines than I meant.
There are many symbols for Russia. Perhaps because it is so big and so full of rich history. Nesting dolls, Ushanka hats, caviar, the ballet, etc… but this short blog post is about one symbol in particular – the Russian bear.
The bear has been associated with Russia for a long time, at least since the 17th century. It has been incorporated in cartoons, articles, dramatic plays, toys, and more. It has been seen in both positive and negative depictions about Russia, but today it is considered a positive symbol for Russia. For instance, there were times when the bear was viewed as big, slow, and clumsy… but now we look at it as powerful, intelligent, and noble.
With an optimistic view of Russian bears, you will see them everywhere… If you do an image search for “Russian bear” you will most likely get pictures of bears (cartoon depictions as well as real live bears) doing all sorts of things… riding a unicycle, dancing in the street, etc., but one of the most common images related to Russia and bears, is the balalaika playing bear.
The people of the Zhostovo village have been involved in harnessing their skill of making decorative trays for over 150 years. The trays carry brilliant images of bouquets, gardens and flowers against black background highlighting the diversity of nature. This tradition of tray making began sometime in the 18th century. This art of tray making was pioneered by Filipp Nikitich Vishnyakov. Continue reading
A bunch of adorable dogs, lucky elephants, colorful birds, elegant horses, silly bunnies, and SO MUCH MORE crazy creatures and characters, are hanging out at The Russian Store, waiting for you to adopt them!
These high quality collectibles make great gifts for anyone! For instance, you could…