On 18 February 2021, the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg hosted the opening ceremony of the exhibition ‘Weaving the Thread of Fate into the Carpet – Decorative and Applied Art of Azerbaijan’ in the Russian Museum of Ethnography Collection and the presentation of the catalog of the same name. The exhibition will run until 18 May 2021.
This project is the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum’s next event as part of the State Program for the Preservation and Development of Carpet Art in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2018–2022.
The exhibition features forty carpets and carpet products, as well as other works of decorative and applied art of the 19th–20th centuries. Most of the carpets were made in the second half of the 19th – the first decade of the 20th century. The late-18th-century Surakhani carpet of Baku is the oldest and most unique piece of the exhibition. Many samples of Azerbaijani embroidery, woodblock printing on textiles, hammering, and samples of women’s clothing are displayed at the exhibition for the first time.
Specialists of the largest ethnographic museum of Russia and the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum (Baku) conducted joint research on decorative and applied art monuments of Azerbaijan from the collection of the Russian Museum of Ethnography. They studied their production techniques and artistic features and selected the most interesting pieces for the exhibition. The recently published catalog is based on this research.
Location: Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg