Where the Middle East meets Eastern Europe

  • 2009-12-09
  • By Philip Birzulis
RIGA - The brightly painted ceramics, cozy cushions and sparkling jewelry on offer at the Muhamors store in central Riga is reminiscent of Aladdin’s cave. And looking a little deeper, one finds other unlikely mergers of Latvian and Islamic culture.The shop is the brainchild of three women. Anita Vaivare is the artist who produces the jewelry, while her sister Liga Vaivare handles the venture’s administration. For her part, Dace Draveniece creates the lamps, water pipes and tagine crockery that give the place much of its exotic flavor.Tagines are special ceramic pots u...
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