Happy Friday! Did you know that Boulder has a sister city in Tajikistan? Founded on kindness, friendship, culture, and understanding, this partnership began in 1982 when two women in Boulder became fed up with insincere rhetoric surrounding the Cold War. This partnership has given birth to numerous projects providing aid, networking, and friendship, including the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse in the heart of downtown Boulder. In return, Boulder helped build the Friendship Center in Dushanbe – the capital of Tajikistan.
More than 40 artists, including woodcarvers and ceramicists from Tajikistan, designed this intricate building as a gift to Boulder in honor of this partnership. The Teahouse was carved, painted, and built locally in Tajikistan from 1987-1990 without the use of power tools and was sent to Boulder to be reassembled. The artistic traditions that went into the construction of the Teahouse are roughly 2,000 years old. Each of the 12 carved wood columns inside is unique. The interior and exterior are intricately designed with vibrant colors, motifs drawing on nature, and impeccable detail. When dining at the Teahouse, you may choose between traditional western seating or a unique booth experience allowing you to remove your shoes and sit cross-legged.
In Central Asia, it is common to gather in places to share tea, chat, and to play a game of chess. Similar to Boulder, Dushanbe is in a mountainous region and is entirely landlocked. Tajikistan was settled over 1,000 years ago by the Persian Empire and, due to its position along the Silk Road, was frequently invaded by various realms.
To honor Tajikistan’s culture, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse has a diverse rotating menu featuring Persian delicacies along with Mediterranean, North African, and Asian cuisines. They have an extensive tea list, specialty beverages and a sophisticated selection of wines. Save room for dessert because their dessert menu will take you through another international tasting experience.
In response to COVID-19, the Teahouse has an online ordering system for takeout, but they are also taking reservations for limited indoor seating. Additionally, many of their teas and products can be bought through their store to bring the taste of the Teahouse into your own home. If you are in the area, take a moment to take a look at the beautiful designs on the building’s exterior.
Until next time!
***Photo credits: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse***