The six simple ornaments you can see in the picture are Tatar ornaments and we found them in an old Russian book called “Tatar Folk Ornaments”.

The Tatars are a Turkic people who today mostly live in the territory of Russia. They have a rich history, they participated in the Mongol conquests and they were part of a Golden horde. Though it should be noted that it is very difficult to define the word Tatar historically. During the Mongol conquests, there was a fusion of Turkic and Mongol peoples, and this word, depending on the people or territory, referred to larger or smaller groups of peoples.


The ornaments you see here originally served as decorations on wooden houses. By the way, old wooden houses in Russia and Tatarstan are extremely interesting in appearance - they are richly decorated with wooden ornaments and a real feast (not just) for the eyes of architecture lovers!

You can use them to make wooden decorations (which actually is their original purpose), as graphic design elements or something completely different - this mostly depends on your imagination and creativity. We thought these ornaments to be very nice when we first saw them, so we decided to draw them for you. And here they are, ready for download! If you feel inspired to use them, we recommend that you read a little about the history of the Tatars, get to know some details about their lifestyle, architecture, folk art etc.


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