Samovars are heated metal containers used to boil water for tea, particularly in Russia; the word samovar meaning "self-boiler" in Russian. Samovars are so famous, they really symbolize Russian culture having been a familiar sight in every home, restaurant, and even on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Today, however, they are more commonly found in museums and antique stores. Samovars have various designs, from the simple and practical, the classic metalwork from Tula to incredibly ornate enamel and silver styles.
Image of Russian Samovars from Wikimedia Commons.