The Mystery Gypsy Wagon

Someone sent us these photos of this elegant little vardo, but we can’t determine who. Possibly the photos made it through but the accompanying email got lost.

Please contact us if you know anything about it.

17 Responses to The Mystery Gypsy Wagon

  1. Anonymous says:

    love the look of it…

    and with that metal roof, should stay dry.

    hope you find the "owner"..

    can't quite read what is written on the door…maybe if you can enlarge it, you could google it?

  2. I've enlarged the image hugely but can't quite make out the plate on the door. It appears to be an address or license plate in some Cyrillic script. The newspapers that line the inside roof also seem to be Cyrillic. Maybe Russian or Bulgarian? Perhaps a Russian speaker could help here.

  3. Lloyd Kahn says:

    Good observation. It reads: "COØPOHИEBO, 417." The 3rd letter looks like an "O," with a vertical line running through it, rather than the diagonal one shown here. It's pretty obviously from a non-English-speaking country.

  4. "Sofronievo" is a district in Bulgaria! See:,23.7621155,14z

    So the plate on the front of the vardo is probably some kind of address or license, as I suspected earlier. I'm not sure that this gets us any further. You could either search the streets of the district with Google Street View looking for the vardo or could write to the authorities there and, potentially, cause problems for the owner. Probably not worth the effort!

  5. Anonymous says:

    the hunt continues

    googled COØPOHИ (part of the word)

    and got to here

    a plot/municipal layout, looks to be in language as Peter suggested.

    can't see an email though.

  6. Anonymous says:

    pardon me

    link above, does have an email at the top of the page,

    taっovishte@cadaStre bg Б

  7. It's a funny world. Two days ago if anyone had told me that I would be looking at Bulgarian land registry maps, I would not have believed them!

  8. Anonymous says:


    me either

    Last night I looked at so many of these beauties, all good though.

    One thing though,

    I have come to believe it is a

    Basque Sheep Wagon
    Basque Shepherds Wagon

    this does not necessarily mean it is from the Basque region (although the newspapers on the interior might),
    as there are huge "groups" of persons in the United States who have come to love / build Basque Sheep Wagons…(another thing I have now learned..grin)

  9. The language on the newspapers is definitely Bulgarian not Basque. However, the owner may be a Bulgarian who loves Basque Shepherds' Wagons! This would make sense because, in parts of Eastern Europe, the Romani people are not held in high esteem, so a Romani vardo could be problematic.

  10. Anonymous says:


    ah..makes sense.

    Am hoping its origin is discovered. Nice to know.

  11. Anonymous says:

    so Peter
    did you enlarge that bottom pic?
    notice the
    cell phone?
    binoculars hanging on chain?
    type of wood used on interior?

    any of that offer any clues to location?

    I swear I have a cell myself that looks like that, but hard to tell..(I am not very techie)

  12. Anonymous says:

    (different "Anonymous":)
    -The covered/sheep wagon profile is fairly common- you can find pretty recent photos from Romania of horse wagons, full of cargo, with a slightly rounded cover on top to shield the cargo- and easily picture how it might evolve into a Conestoga/round vardo/Basque wagon with a permanently rounded cover, now high enough to shelter a person.Intuitive design!

  13. Anonymous says:

    The case for binoculars looks typically russian
    Very resistant binoculars

  14. It might actually be a Bulgarian AirBnB listing! They've put some 'colorful' properties up, often just a few bucks a night.. why not rent out a shack in the back forty to some romantic traveller?

  15. Unknown says:

    Hi. It's me. What a wonderful surprise. It's my prototype karutsa. Made it for guest accommodation and now I am producing a more refined version. Iam based in Bulgaria living a very pleasant life with my Bulgarian family. I'll read the comments now and get in touch with lloyd proper.
    Glad you like my camping karutsa.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Just spent the most beautiful week with Centre and his lovely family. We stayed in this Karutsa. Falling asleep every night looking out at the stars and waking up with the sunrise, the dawn corus and the smell of coffee. Anyone thinking about visiting or buying one of these will be very lucky indeed – thank you all

  17. Anonymous says:

    Cen. ☺

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