Caucasian - Dagestan Tur by MSVG

Caucasian - Dagestan Tur by MSVG


Located in the North Caucasus, Dagestan is a federal territory known to the world as The Republic of Dagestan. Dagestan is ethnically very diverse (it is Russia’s most heterogeneous republic, where no ethnic group forms a majority) with several dozen ethnic groups and subgroups inhabiting the republic. Geographically, Dagestan exists in the most southern Russia which is surrounded by the North Caucasus mountains. Look at some of the brilliant colors of Dagestan that are really fanciful and imaginative;

The Caucasian Avars constitute a Caucasian native ethnic group, the most predominant of several ethnic groups living in the Russian republic of Dagestan.

Avar woman (Caucasus), wedding traditional costume.
Avar woman (Caucasus), wedding traditional costume.

Goats are raised in the climatic zones of Dagestan and the Wild Goat which is known as Dagestan Tur is the native to Dagestan. It’s colour is reddish-grey and usually has a well-marked dark “belt” on its back. The average weight of the animal is 60-110 kg, length 90-110 cm, and the height is equal to 85-95 cm.

A pair of Caucasian / Dagestan Tur sitting with grace - Image : bluetongue-oz
A pair of Caucasian / Dagestan Tur sitting with grace – Image : bluetongue-oz

In Dagestan, the traditional Caucasian ethnic silver jewelry is a part and parcel of the old traditional costume.

Traditional Dagestan Jewellery - Image: Found on suzani.tumblr.com
Traditional Dagestan Jewelry – Image: Found on suzani.tumblr.com

Dagestan is also considered the birthplace of nearly 30 different indigenous tribes, and 102 nationalities now call it home. Thus the music, tradition and culture of the land where two great civilizations and a hundred cultures clash and blend is very rich and amusing.

Traditional dancers of Dagestan. Image by jl.cernadas
Traditional dancers of Dagestan. Image by jl.cernadas

Dagestan rug, usually small floor covering woven in the republic of Dagestan in the eastern Caucasus (Russia) are very special. Dagestan rugs are considered finer than the Kazakh types.The Dagestan rug of the 19th and early 20th century tends to favour shades of blue over red and it is more likely to be all wool than the Kuba rugs from neighboring Azerbaijan.

Typical Dagestan rugs - Photo by Bolshakov
Typical Dagestan rugs – Photo by Bolshakov

Shalbuzdag is a very important and beautiful natural place of interest in Dagestan. According to a famous  legend, Shalbuz was the name of Nadir Shah’s most beloved wife and Shalbuzdag was named after her. The mountain slopes are covered with alpine and sub alpine meadows.

Shalbuzdag - A lovely mountain place of Dagestan - Image:  Bolshakov
Shalbuzdag – A lovely mountain place of Dagestan – Image: Bolshakov

We can’t conclude the brilliant colors of Dagestan in only one article as those being truly enormous and extravagant. However, we’ll just try to wrap up by saying that the colors of Dagestan are really fanciful and imaginative.


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