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Detail of door, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Sogdians; Central-Asian whirling dancers. Panel from the funerary bed of An Qie, Xi'an China (d. 579). Xi'an was the starting point for the caravans of the Silk Road.

Sogdians the major merchants in Central-Asian had a reputation for as whirling dancers. Panel from the funerary bed of An Qie, Xi'an China (d. Xi'an was the starting point for the caravans of the Silk Road.

Sogdian bulls (detail of fragment), Central Asia, silk samite, 7th – 8th century, Francesca Galloway

Sogdian bulls (detail of fragment), Central Asia, silk samite, – century, Francesca Galloway

Most merchants did not travel the entire Silk Road but would trade goods through…

Mogao Grottos on the Silk Road.  Carved in the rock in Dunhuang, Mogao, China

Mogao Grottos on the Silk Road. Carved in the rock in Dunhuang, Mogao, China

Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan.  what beautiful blue green tile

afgham: “ s-a-b-r: “ Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan. ” ” I fell in love with Islamic tile work when I first saw this building in Smithsonian Magazine many, many years ago.

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