Carpet weaving is one of Azerbaijan’s most ancient arts, dating back to the Bronze Age. In this edition of Cult, Euronews visits a renowned museum in Baku, home to ancient as well as modern carpets.
Azerbaijani art and culture
Carpets have been at the heart of Azerbaijani art and culture for thousands of years.
In 2010, their importance was recognised by UNESCO, which added Azerbaijani carpets to its intangible cultural heritage of humanity list.
Traditional Azeri carpets have a dense texture – and the patterns are characteristic of the different regions where the art is practiced.
The world’s first carpet museum is in Baku. Exquisite carpets are on display there, while delicate items are kept in climate-controlled storage for their protection.
Anar Kerimov is Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture, and said thecarpets are a symbol of Azerbaijani culture.
“It is a legacy that we inherited from our ancestors and it has been passed from generation to generation for centuries. It is so dear and close to Azerbaijani people that you can find a carpet in every house and every family, making it a very significant and inseparable part of our lifestyle.”