Lahij is the village situated in the central part of the country. Not far from it magnificent mountains rise above on 4000m. This place impresses everyone with stoned walls and wooden balks. The local roads are paved with river washed stones. If you are interested in workshop to see the crafts of masters, this village is a best place for it as in Lahij there are five workshops. Tourists like to buy especial things in work shop such as old water containers or the items made of clay. In the streets tourists could see bags with rare spices, dried herbs and preserved fruits in glass. People sell these goods on chairs near their houses. This village could serve you a delicious raspberry compot. Lahij is surrounded by tall mountains that are layered with limestone, sandstone and clay. Stone from these mountains was used to build most of the houses in the village. Once in town, you’ll probably notice that the houses seem to have been placed there randomly, without any set plan, along the narrow and winding cobblestone streets. All of the houses have flat roofs, and some feature balconies that look out onto the street. If you get a chance to step inside one of the small courtyards, you’ll be likely to see a «tendir,» which is an oven used for baking bread. On the other side of the courtyard, you’ll usually find a stable or a chicken coop. Many of the 2,000 people living in Lahij are involved in ancient crafts such as engraved copper work and carpet weaving. In the mid-19th century, there were more than 200 workshops in Lahij. Traders discovered Lahij crafts many centuries ago, and sold them for high prices at bazaars in Baghdad [now Iraq], Shiraz [now Iran] and other Middle Eastern cities. Stop by a copper workshop for a impromptu lesson in ancient craftsmanship you’ll get to see coppersmiths use small mallets to decorate plates, trays, jugs, goblets and pitchers, just as their ancestors have done for centuries. Lahic was originally a copper mining hub. When the precious metal was running out, locals started buying it in from elsewhere to keep their businesses going. At the beginning of the 20th century there were 120 workshops hammering out water jugs, bowls, dishes and trays, a tradition proudly showcased in the History Museum, an ancient mosque which was transformed into an “Alibaba’s cave” in 1992. One of the master coppersmiths, Nazar Aliyev, showed us the different vase styles Lahic is known for. “Here you can see objects made for household use. This vase was made to transport water from the well to the house. It can hold 15 litres and when it’s full, it weights about 20 kilos”.