Mary is a city in the south of Turkmenistan, in the south-eastern part of the Turan Plain in the Murghab Oasis in the river delta; it is the capital of the province of the same name. In the south, the city is surrounded by the Karakum Canal. In 1884, with the arrival of Russian troops in Central Asia, a military administrative centre was established in Mary, which then bore the beautiful ancient name “Merv”, as in Ashgabat, on the site of the Teke settlement. In 1937 the name of the city was changed to Mary, which we know today.
The pride of the city is the production of handmade carpets. Here you can find carpets that differ in style and place of manufacture, they can be of different types: Teke, Salor, Yomud and Ersarin. Teke rugs are the most famous of them and contain secrets of Teke rug art traditions.
The horse breeding in Mary is represented by the breeding of the world-famous Akhalteke racehorse. By the way, a horse of this very famous suit is depicted on the coat of arms of the Republic of Turkmenistan.
Cultural centers: Museum of Regional Studies, Museum of History, Kemine State Drama Theater, cinemas, art and music schools, school for children and youth sports, station for young technicians, libraries, Palace of Culture.