May 25, 2022

A new carpet collection and a book entitled “Azerbaijani carpet - dance of loops” to be presented with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation

Another project aiming at preserving, developing and promotion of our national and spiritual values, our cultural heritage has been implemented with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Made within the framework of a project launched in 2016, the new carpet collection called “Azerbaijani carpet-dance of loops” and a book of the same title will be presented at the Heydar Aliyev Centre, June 3rd.


The carpet-making art in Azerbaijan has centuries long been an integral part of the people’s household and culture, reaching the present day. Following the tasks and thanks to the care shown by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-president of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva, a series of important documents were adopted and various projects implemented towards advancing the art of carpet-making in Azerbaijan.


Carpet types such as “Creation”, “Shikargah”, “Hunting khan”, “A Young and peace”, “Bandi-rumi”, “Shebekeli”, “Adam and Eve, “Aghajly”, “Narly“, “Gyollu”, “Lechek-turunj”, “Four seasons”, “Arched”, “Jamadet”, and carpet-gebe sets “Birds of paradise” and “the Garden of Eden” would arouse great interest in visitors as unique art examples in the collection, breathing new life into the old art. Each of the carpets convey their messages to visitors by their patterns and motifs. And in the work “Creation”, all phases - from the preparation of raw material to the completion of a ready product - are reflected in a bright artistic language.


6 artists and 14 weavers, led by People’s Artist of Azerbaijan Eldar Mikayilzadeh, participated in the creation of the collection. Dyed by natural colours, the carpets were made of silk and wool. 170 colours and tinges were used here. In order to obtain various new tinges, weavers, disentangling hair-like thin silk threads, have created a thread comprised of several colours. Magnificent Sheki Khan’s Palace, the home of Shekikhanovs, lattices, natural ornaments, our rich flora and fauna, “Tekelduz” embroidery and delicate jewellery products have been an inexhaustible source of inspiration in the making of carpets, being eternally reflected in each loop of the carpets.


Detailed information about the carpets included in the collection “Azerbaijani carpet-dance of loops” has been given in the book of the same name. The history of carpet-making art in Azerbaijan, measures taken by the government towards eternalizing this ancient art, and the process of creating new artworks are presented to readers in the publication.