Russian Art Store

is an online store offering authentic handmade Russian art, gifts, jewelry made in Russian, toys for children and the whole family, board games, souvenirs, house-ware and more. We do our best to sell only quality, made in Russia items. 

We have a large physical store in Toronto and ship to Canada and U.S. 

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Birch Bark Paintings

By Darya • 6/21/2021

Birch Bark Paintings Russian

Nowadays, birch bark paintings are especially popular and may be seen in every home, which warms our heart, because the history of such paintings is rooted in the distant past. Once upon a time, when humanity was just beginning to develop an artistic craft, our ancestors noticed one of the wonders of nature - birch bark. Since those ancient times, birch bark paintings have become an integral part of art, and then were common in an interior design. In Canada and America, such products are highly valued due to their uniqueness. We are the first store in Toronto where you can buy original birch bark paintings and other products!

In the 19th century, the birch bark trade was at its peak. Caskets, dishes, pencil cases, and much more were produced during that time! Birch bark on a dark or gold background looked exquisite and was equated to expensive products. Few people know, but in the 1920s and 1930s, Russia exported birch bark products to Germany, thereby exchanging them for gold!

What is birch bark? It is a natural material with very interesting qualities - strong and resistant to decay! In the Russian culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, birch bark had a special meaning: saltshakers, bags, horse harness - everything was made of natural material. It was also used in the construction of houses as an insulating material. Only at the end of the 20th century a new trend appeared in the craft - birch bark paintings. In our store you will find a variety of birch bark products that will become a wonderful gift or souvenir for your loved ones!

The very process of making pictures from birch bark is quite laborious and complicated, since old techniques and secrets are used, which requires a lot of time and skills. Birch bark has different colors and textures, it fits well. The average speed of one painting is 2-3 weeks, depending on the complexity of the plot. Basically, the basis of the plot is the connection between man and nature: landscapes, still lives, animals and people. Since ancient times, having birch bark products in the house was a health and prosperity for the whole family since birch trees have been an object of worship.

Such paintings are inimitable, unique, and most importantly modern. Birch bark paintings are very popular among the forner USSR countries, but recently they have become increasingly purchased by residents of other countries (Canada, USA, South Korea, and Europe). They are considered collectible as well as valuable and exclusive additions to the interior. That is why we are glad to present you a new collection of birch bark paintings at the best prices in Toronto! If you live in another city or in the USA, you can purchase a painting online and we will deliver it to you as soon as possible!


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