There are some places in the world with the cultural richness of Uzbekistan. The great conquerors Alexander, Timur and Genghis Khan swept its valleys and plains. Its dazzling cities, including Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, were the centers of the Silk Road. If we’re being honest, that’s the top of our list for countries to visit when things get better. That’s why the latest pick in our series on beautiful coffee table books, Just Booked, is absolutely spectacular. Uzbekistan: the road to Samarkand of Assouline.
With text by Yaffa Assouline and stunning photographs by Laziz Hamani, this is one of the most intoxicating books we have covered in recent times. The journey begins with the blanket, a dazzling display of the tiled grandeur for which this region is famous. Inside, Assouline takes readers on a personal journey through this country she describes as “love at first sight”.
While the book is full of the types of photos you would expect – fabulous tiles, lavish interiors like that of the Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum – the book is also a love letter to the land of Uzbekistan, from its deserts to its lush neglected valleys.
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