Baku to host International Carpet Congress

By: Amina Nazarli

Azerbaijan’s Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfaz Garayev has held a meeting with Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum Martin Roth as part of his visit to London.

They discussed signing a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan and Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as partnership issues of the Museum to the Fifth International Carpet Congress to be held in Baku in 2017.

They two sides also mulled the issues on holding exhibitions of carpets, which are stored in the London Museum, as well as organization of training courses for Azerbaijani museum staff.

Garayev invited Roth to participate at the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to take place in Baku between April 25 and 27, 2016.

Historically, Azerbaijani carpets have been popular worldwide. Azerbaijani carpets provide comfort to almost any house due to their diverse patterns, creative drawings, and mastery.

The carpets feature different patterns and a color palette from several schools, including Guba, Baku, Shirvan, Ganja, Gazakh, Karabakh, and Tabriz.

Some 600 different designs decorate Azerbaijani carpets. The most popular design style is Buta, which has 72 shapes and three main symbolic meanings: fire, water, and the cypress.

In November 2010, the Azerbaijani carpet was proclaimed a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage by UNESCO.

The first carpet museum in the world was established in Baku in 1967 by efforts of the well-known Azerbaijani scientist, Latif Karimov.

A new carpet museum, designed in the form of a rolled carpet, opened in the Baku seaside park (boulevard) in 2014 and all carpets were transferred to this museum.

The museum is famous for its unique collection, where the best samples of national carpets are put on display. The new building houses 13,300 exhibits and items, including carpets; thread-work samples; metalwork; fabrics; clothing; ceramic, glass, wooden, and paper items; jewelry; books; and a unique collection of photographs.

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