Georgi Kochevski, Gabinvest

Gabrovo – the old city, image by Felix Kanitz, 1871

Renaissance

During the 18th century the Bulgarian National Renaissance begins. The period distinguishes with its radical changes in all fields of the cultural, political and social – economic life and is not accidentally called the Bulgarian Renaissance. In the pre-renaissance period, separate woodcarving and painting schools emerged as well as crafts which during the 18-19 century were really prosperous.
In the town of Gabrovo the resourcefulness of the quick-witted, masters finds its way in many crafts. They skillfully use the geographical location of the town- next to the Shipka pass and the available natural resources: the power of water and wood from the forests in order to build workshops for the development of the crafts.