‘A Western Approach to Azerbaijani Carpets’ at Azerbaijan Carpet Museum in Baku

On December 10-12, 2014 Azerbaijan Carpet Museum hosts a three-day event – a series of lectures on museology, carpet history and carpet-related studies from Western perspective with the focus on Azerbaijani rugs.

The project supported by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan brings together a diverse audience: the employees of three state museums with significant textile collections – Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, Azerbaijan National Museum of Art, National Museum of History of Azerbaijan, university students and teachers from Azerbaijan Tourism University, Academy of Fine Arts and Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts as well as art professionals and art historians – overall, ca. 70 participants.

Lectures

Lectures

Sevda Mammedaliyeva, the Deputy Minister of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture has attended the first day of lectures. In her opening speech Mrs. Mammedaliyeva highlighted the importance of such initiative in further development and support of local studies and academic research as well as ties with the Western scholars. The Director of Azerbaijan Carpet Museum Roya Taghiyeva took the floor to welcome the participants and introduce the lecturer – Mr. Alberto Boralevi, a well-known carpet expert and the Chairman of ICOC (International Conference On Oriental Carpets) Academic Committee and Asli Samadova, project coordinator.

From left to right: Azerbaijan Carpet Museum’s Deputy Director Yalchin Salimov and Director Roya Tagiyeva, ICOC Academic Committee Chairman Alberto Boralevi, project manager Asli Samadova

From left to right: Azerbaijan Carpet Museum’s Deputy Director Yalchin Salimov and Director Roya Tagiyeva, ICOC Academic Committee Chairman Alberto Boralevi, project manager Asli Samadova

Alberto Boralevi at the museum’s shop

Alberto Boralevi at the museum’s shop

The programme offered by A. Boralevi and A. Samadova is a mix of theory and practice and gives an overview of the carpet origins, carpet weaving techniques and other characteristics to use as the base for their attribution, describes the
differences in carpets classifications by Western and Azerbaijani scholars, touches carpets aesthetics and design. The role of museum display, museum permanent collection renovation and temporary thematic exhibition of recent years will be the main subject of museology topic. The lecturers will also give an overview of future international events and conferences.

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum’s exhibition display

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum’s exhibition display

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum’s exhibition display

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum’s exhibition display

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum’s exhibition display

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum’s exhibition display

Further information: Asli Samadova