The State Museum of Azerbaijani Carpet and Folk Applied Arts was founded in 1967. Its recognizable and modern building stands in the heart of the city, near Primorsky Boulevard. The Bakuis believe that this is the first museum in the world devoted to carpets. But here you can see not only them.
In the history of culture of each people there is an area of art in which its rich spiritual world is reflected, embodied the basic, inherent features of character, intellect, world outlook, aesthetics and philosophy of life. Carpet for our people is not only an object of everyday life, but also one of the main forms of its artistic expression.
R. Tagiev, Doctor of Arts, Professor
The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, founded in 1967, is the world's first museum dedicated to collecting, preserving and studying the carpet. The first exposition of the museum was opened in the Juma mosque building in the historical part of the city, in Icheri Sheher. In 1992, when the mosques were returned to its religious functions, the museum moved to the Museum Center. And in 2008, for the Carpet Museum, by the decree of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the construction of a modern building of the Carpet Museum began, which, according to the project, resembles a carpet with its exterior, and the new exposition of the museum was opened in August 2014. By that time, traveled abroad, more than fifty countries in Europe and Asia, as well as in the US and Cuba.
The oldest carpet exhibit of the museum is a fragment of the carpet of the Tabriz school "Ovchulug", woven in the 17th century.
There are more than 14 thousand exhibits in the museum's fund, among them - ceramic ware, ornaments of bronze, silver and gold, medieval metal items, national costumes and embroidery designs. The oldest carpet exhibit of the museum is a fragment of the carpet of the Tabriz school "Ovchulug", woven in the 17th century. Another pearl of the museum collection is the carpet of the 18th century, "Hila Afshan", created near Baku.
The exposition of the museum presents carpets from various regions of the country, different schools and historical periods. Here you can see carpets from Kazah, Lips, Shirvan, Ganja, Tabriz, Sheki. Also here are exhibited archaeological finds of the Bronze Age, a collection of faience of the 12th century, samples of elegant embroidery and a national costume of the 19th century, weapons, dishes, ornaments.
The list of names of different types and types of carpets that can be seen here will not give anything to the uninitiated; but you can be sure: there is not much where you can see such a variety of traditional ornaments. The museum pays a lot of time for the preservation of the intangible heritage associated with carpets and carpet weaving.
The museum has a training center, which tells about the history of the carpet and the features of folk and applied art, the main schools of carpet weaving and weaving technologies.
This museum is a scientific center for the study and development of the Azerbaijani carpet. The staff took part in the organization of a number of major international symposia on the Azerbaijani carpet, the first of which was held in Baku under the auspices of UNESCO in 1983.
Subsequent symposiums were held in 1988, 2003 and 2007, the last of which took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Address: Baku, Mikail Useynov ave., 28.
Opening hours: 09:00 - 21:00.
Visitors' entrance: 10:00 - 20:00.
Non-working days: Monday (exposition), Saturday and Sunday (administration).
Phone: +994 12 497-20-57.