Karimov Family Printing House (Museum of Chak-Chak)

Ilnar Tukhbatov/TASS
The largest private printing concern in Kazan was founded by the brothers Sharifzyan, Mukhametzyan and Khasan Karimov, who hailed from the village of Bolshiye Chirkeleyi in the Simbirsk Governorate. They published 1700 titles before 1917: religious literature, fiction, school books, folk tales and poetry. The print runs of all these books exceeded 20 million on aggregate. The brothers started the city's first Islamic library next door, which had enough seating for 150 people. They also opened a shop next to the library. A whole enterprise complex emerged on this street corner. The Karimov brothers also owned the building known as Mustakimov's House in Yunusovskaya Ploschad (Yunusovskaya Square), and they were the last owners to have it remodelled prior to 1917. The Karimovs published the Russian-language Kazan Theatre Courier newspaper, and the Tatar-language papers Koyash, Tan Yoldyzy and Tavysh.

The brothers left Kazan in the wake of the 1917 Revolution, and the Tatar Republic launched one of its first publishing enterprises on the premises of the printing house in 1919. The building now houses the Museum of Chak-Chak. Chak-Chak is a traditional Tatar dessert made with dough and honey.