The stairway and square by the Underground Museum are located in what is designated as the south-eastern zone of the park. Hence their design is inspired by patterns of the south and east of Russia. Here you can see a motif from an ancient Pazyryk saddle cloth symbolizing the sun and branches of the world tree, geometric elements of a Dagestani carpet, floral patterns of the ancient cities of the Volgograd region, decorative ‘scrolls’ from Yakut saddlebags, and a rosette ‘sun’ from the renowned house carving of Tomsk.
Element of the pattern on a 15th-century tiled medallion made in the city of Sarai Berke (now in the Volgograd region).
Fragment of the pattern on a Dagestani prayer carpet from the early 20th century. The pattern consists of geometrized trees and birds surrounded by rhombuses and other geometric figures.
Element of the pattern on a cheprak (saddle cloth) from the 4th to 3rd century BC, made in Altai and found in the 5th Pazyryk mound. The pattern consists of a dark blue or sky blue circle and a four-petalled red rosette with a white dot sewn in the centre. The pattern is framed by five reindeer antlers.
Element of a pattern created in the late 19th century in Yakutia. Saddlebags are rectangular bags for the rider’s spare clothes, strapped to the back of the saddle; a bag made of fabric or leather for carrying or transporting something, essentially two tied bags thrown over a horse saddle.
Element of a pattern created in the late 19th to early 20th century in the city of Tomsk. The design has a semi-circular parapet in the centre with a beautiful round, carved rosette insert, the so-called ‘sun’.