View from the front of the Tash Khauli Palace courtyard, 1830-38, Khiva, Uzbekistan, pictured in the summer afternoon light on July 7, 2010. Commissioned by Allah Kuli Khan the Tash Kauli palace is a huge complex containing 163 rooms which took its architects, Tajiddin and Kalandar, 10 years to build. The harem, occupying about half of the palace has 5 aiwan terraces, with delicately carved wooden pillars,  behind which were the quarters for the khan and his wives. Across the courtyard were the  concubines' apartments.  The facades and walls around the courtyards were decorated with traditional blue, ultramarine and white colours majolica made by Abdullah.

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View from the front of the Tash Khauli Palace courtyard, 1830-38, Khiva, Uzbekistan, pictured in the summer afternoon light on July 7, 2010. Commissioned by Allah Kuli Khan the Tash Kauli palace is a huge complex containing 163 rooms which took its architects, Tajiddin and Kalandar, 10 years to build. The harem, occupying about half of the palace has 5 aiwan terraces, with delicately carved wooden pillars, behind which were the quarters for the khan and his wives. Across the courtyard were...
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