Kerimov Museum of Carpet and National Applied Art
Kerimov Museum of Carpet and National Applied Art was opened in 1967 and named after a famous folk artist Lyatif Kerimov, who made an outstanding contribution to development and enriched Azerbaijani decorative art. The world`s first museum of carpets was established precisely in Azerbaijan, as the carpet weaving has not only been occupying an important place in people’s lives for many centuries, but also because it is one of the most famous symbols of Azerbaijan. Carpet weaving dated back to the V-IV millenniums BC in the Eneolithic. The skills of this art for centuries passed on from one generation of masters to another one. Carpets were used to decorate walls and paving floors in tents, yurts, as well as homes and other buildings, presenting a great aesthetic value.
In the museum has been collected a vast collection of small and large-sized rugs, numbering about a million exhibits. One of the most valuable exhibit is a carpet with a national ornament Healy-Bout (tracery in the form of droplets), which was woven by Karabakh weavers in the X century. In addition to carpets, the museum storks include over 10 thousand of valuable works of art (ceramics, gold and silverware, jewelry - items from gold and silver, costumes and artistic embroidery, the works of contemporary artists). The main purpose of the museum is not only the preservation of cultural heritage, but also to promote Azerbaijani folk art through international exhibitions, conferences, symposia and other events. Collections repeatedly demonstrated in more than 50 countries, including European countries - Britain, Portugal, Holland, Spain, Italy, France, Asian countries - India, Iran, Israel, Turkey, the countries of the former USSR and Cuba, the United States and others.