The Uzbek people are known all over the world for their inimitable, unique examples of applied art. Its origins go back to antiquity, but the masters of folk art crafts from generation to generation preserve original traditions in woodcarving and ganch, metal embossing, jewelry, ceramics, carpet weaving, weaving, gold sewing, embroidery and other types of applied art.
In 1927, an exhibition of samples of the best works of masters of Uzbekistan was organized in Tashkent. Later it grew into a permanent one and was named “Exhibition of the National Economy of Uzbekistan”.
Every year, exhibits accumulated, products of past centuries were purchased: handmade embroidery, skullcaps, jewelry, carpets and other samples of folk applied art. In 1997, the museum was transferred to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan and received the status of the “State Museum of Applied Arts”.
Currently, the treasury of the museum contains pearls of applied art, created by the hands of masters from the first half of the 19th century to the present day. The museum houses more than 7000 of the rarest examples of applied art. However, the area of the museum does not allow exhibiting all of them.