Igoshev House, from Village of Gribany (Mid-19th Century), Interior, Main Room, Khokhlovka, Russia


This interior view of a log house (izba) at the V.I. Igoshev farmstead from the village of Gribany (Uinskoe District, Perm' Region) was taken in 1999 by Dr. William Brumfield, American photographer and historian of Russian architecture, as part of the "Meeting of Frontiers" project at the Library of Congress. Situated on the Teles River (a southern sub-tributary of the Kama River), Gribany was too small to have a church, but the fertile river lands provided a reasonably secure existence for peasant farmers and craftsmen in the mid-19th century, when this house was built. The elongated form of the house follows a traditional plan of living areas on either end, with a vestibule between them. This photograph of the main room attests to the presence of manufactured goods in villages during the late 19th century, including the bed on the left, and the samovar and sewing machine (probably a Singer) in the background. The corner is the setting for the main house icon, draped with an embroidered linen towel. A second icon case, with a towel, is to the right. In 1989 the house was restored and reassembled at the Khokhlovka Architecture-Ethnographic Museum, located to the north of Perm’, on the Kama River Reservoir. The furnishings are typical for the middle peasantry, but are not necessarily original to this house.

Last updated: January 11, 2016