Lola Tillyaeva’s portal to Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage in Europe: La Maison de l'Ouzbékistan

01 Sep 2021

Remaining connected to her Uzbek roots, Lola Karimova Tillyaeva is actively promoting the rich cultural heritage of her homeland Uzbekistan. Despite sharing her time between Europe and LA, Lola has always stayed connected to Uzbek culture.  Both Lola and her husband, businessman Timur Tillyaev, share this passion for Uzbek culture.

Together, Lola and Timur have produced a full-length feature film about Ulugh Beg, an astronomer, mathematician and early ruler of now-Uzbekistan, published a colouring book promoting Uzbekistan’s architectural masterpieces and held several exhibitions featuring Uzbek crafts, art and fashion. The most recent exhibition “Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today” was held in March 2020 and very well received. It outlined the history of Uzbek fashion from the 60’s all the way to the present. Now, Lola Karimova has taken a new approach to stimulate interest in the glorious culture of Uzbekistan with the opening of La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan.

The gallery offers a gorgeous selection of hand-crafted homewares, hand-woven silk fabrics, timber furniture and unique ceramic pieces. Lola Tillyaeva’s gallery promotes Uzbekistan’s thousand-year-old customs and the items feature the most intricate cultural details. It’s like visiting a museum that gives you the option of taking a few pieces of the collection home with you. Here’s what Galerie Joseph said about Lola’s gallery:

Just push the door of “La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan” in the heart of the French capital to be transported to a fascinating country. An open window to this country’s rich culture and artisanal ways, the Central Asian gem offers a total change of scenery through the objects and books it offers”.

Lola Karimova Tillyaeva

For Lola, opening La Maison de l’Ouzbekistan is a way of continuing the work she started as an ambassador of Uzbekistan to UNESCO over ten years ago. During her service as ambassador, Lola discovered how intriguing Uzbek art and culture is to many when discovering it for the first time. She sees the gallery as “a cultural bridge between Europe and Central Asia, providing a singular portal to Uzbekistan right in the heart of Paris – a means of introducing Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage to a European audience”.

In 2018, Lola was made a Dame of the Royal Order of Francis I for her contribution made to charitable causes and cultural bridging. Throughout Uzbekistan, Lola Tillyaeva and Timur Tillyaev are held in high regard for their nearly two decades of philanthropy. You Are Not Alone is the longest-running and most well-known foundation of the couple. Its goal is to help orphans and other disadvantaged children turn their lives around through education, a central focus of the foundation. You Are Not Alone has ensured that thousands of children receive shelter, education, and healthcare.

The Foundation’s  Educational Centre has been instrumental in not only keeping disadvantaged Uzbek children in school, but also in helping young Uzbeks discover their potential, giving them motivation to pursue their studies all the way through university. Through many of these projects, Lola Tillyaeva and Timur Tillyaev are working to ensure that the young Uzbeks of today have a brighter future.