by Asli Samadova
Earlier this month Jozan has published an article on a three-day lectures course “Western Approach to Azerbaijani Carpets“. For those interested in the topic, Asli Samadova, project coordinator, shared a link to lecture’s synopsis.
During their visit, Alberto Boralevi, the course lecturer, and Asli also had a chance to examine new Azerbaijan Carpet Museum permanent exhibition as well as get to see its storage.
In three days it was also possible to get acquainted with Baku’s other museum collections by discovering true gems such as never shown before 19th century Turkmen weavings and a collection of somewhat naive somewhat pompous Soviet-era political propaganda carpets in National Arts Museum as well as 14-16th centuries textiles in the National History Museum – a result of mid-20th century archeological excavations in Baku’s citadel, UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site – Icheri Sheher (Old City).
Due to some historical circumstances Azerbaijan no more has a rich ancient rug collection, however, contemporary local production is reviving especially in the past few years since 2010 – a year when Azerbaijan carpet was included into UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. There are small home-based productions in Icheri Sheher and other sites of Baku as well as distant regional villages. Azerbaijan also has few commercial production sites that work on restoring natural dyeing traditions and the full in-house production cycle. The biggest and most known abroad, Azerilme has a very strong commercial base and few hundred weavers, half of which are based in Baku’s production site.
Azerbaijan also experiences a creativity wave of contemporary artists and designers inspired and actively referred to textile ornamentations in their works.
Further information: Asli Samadova