The Art Museum of the Uzbek SSR in Tashkent by I. Abdulov and S. Rosenblum in 1974. The project housed both artifacts from the Bactrian, Persian (Parthian and Sassanid), Greek, Timurid, Turkic (Seljuk and Karakhanid), and Mongol Empires that once ruled the land as well as contemporary Uzbek art which used unique symbolism due to limitations set by the government. Many of those symbols embodied the identity of the Uzbek nation and reflected forms of the great cities of Bukhara, Khiva, and Samarkand as well as the motifs of their complex weaving culture. The actual building however contrasts against the ornate art with its simple concrete forms and soft gold and stone cladding. This creates an elegant and simple canvas allowed to be painted by Uzbek culture.