How it all began
A pipe and a fire pan put together going through a water vessel - samovar devices are well known in history and archeology of Iran, China, Japan from ancient times. Remains of copper Bulgarian samovar were also found near the town of Dubrovka, Volga region. A predecessor of samovar in Russia was sbitennik - a teapot with a pipe for coal for making herbal and honey decoction. At the beginning of the XVII century tea was brought to Russia from China by merchants. The development of tea trade resulted in the development of teaware. That was the time Russian samovar appeared on stage - with its widely recognizable, unique look.

In the second half of the XVII century Tula's armor masters started making homemade copper and brass fusion samovars: firstly individually in their spare time. Tea consumption was growing, so samovar manufacturing turned out to be a profitable business. Workshops enlarged into manufactories. Samovar factories appeared in a form of capitalistic manufacturies with contract workers. Two centuries after that first Tula samovars 28 samovar manufactories were working in Tula. Rolled silver samovars began to appear and then at the end of the century - nickeled ones, which made production cheaper. Manufacturers were making samovars of all styles: barrel-like, vase-like, jar-like, turnip-like, spherical, lantern-like, glass-like, cup-like - all decorated with elegant fanciful ornaments. Manufacturers like Lomovs, Batashevs, Teile, Vanykins, Vorontsovs, Shemarins were making highly popular products that were getting lots of prizes at international exhibitions.
Angelina Getmanova
Alexander Getmanov
Alexander Getmanov and his daughter Angelina are longtime samovar enthusiasts with a collection of over 100 exhibits. Through their exciting hobby they try to tell about samovars to anybody who is interested and show the beauty of products made by masters in the atmosphere of entrepreneurial competition of XVIII-XIX centuries. Getmanovs tell about the culture of Russian tea party closely associated with the tradition of gathering around the samovar for business talks and leisure in the family circle. In different corners of the Earth they find pre-revolutionary samovars, once bought and used by someone, restore their former style, make them shine with their paunchy sides, and recover Russia's cultural legacy.