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Azerkhalcha to revive traditional hand woven carpet industry in Azerbaijan

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2017-08-18 11:00:00 – Baku

Azerkhalcha a state run company established under the presidential decree in May 2016, plans to revive country’s weaving traditions and reintroduce its hand woven carpets to the world.

The company recently opened its first branch in the front zone - Horadiz settlement of the Fizuli region. The Horadiz branch has so far manufactured about 100 carpets of various sizes which will be exhibited at various international trade shows, said Azerkhalcha president Professor Vidadi Muradov.

The national carpets won the sympathy of visitors and carpet experts at the traditional exhibition and sale held in Hanover in January 2017. Many countries including European and the U.S., take a great interest in Azerbaijani carpets.

They are constantly participating in international events, exhibitions, symposia, and conferences, and every time they are convinced that interest in Azerbaijani carpets has not diminished, but on the contrary, increased.

The Azerbaijani carpet is always in trend. Every foreign visit, every new exhibition strengthens the attention to their work. Along with European countries and the U.S., the countries that are engaged in carpet making also show interest to their carpets.

By the end of this year, the company plans to launch nine branches in Shamkir, Gazakh, Agstafa, Tovuz, Agdam, Guba, Khachmaz, Ismayilli and Gabala.

Overall, it is planned to set up 30 branches of the company, thereby providing about 5,000 people with permanent jobs. With the growing number of branches, the number of woven carpets will increase. Thus, they will be able to ensure the mass export of the Azerbaijani carpets to the world markets.

Bright, colored and unique Azerbaijani carpets are well-known all over the world for their quality and high artistic value. Wool of lamb or sheep is the major raw materials which make up the famous Azerbaijani carpets.

The country has seven carpet producing regions including Baku, Shirvan, Guba, Tabriz, Karabakh, Ganja and Gazakh and each of them had its own technology, typical patterns and colors.

Calculations show that the carpet weaving will become one of the most profitable spheres of the non-oil sector in the near future, according to Muradov.

Muradov stressed that all the Azerkhalcha carpets are hand woven. The peculiarity of the carpets is that, starting from wool, color, pattern, artistic composition to the smallest details - this is real Azerbaijani products. And the aim of Azerkhalcha is to supply Azerbaijani products, which demonstrate the historical past, ethnography and culture of Azerbaijan, to the world markets.

Ancient Azerbaijani carpets are stored at the White House, the U.S. State Department, and many other museums across the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of Art in Philadelphia, as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Azerbaijan’s Carpet Museum established in Baku in 1967, being the first carpet museum in the world is the very place that can familiarize all the interested with the unique examples of the national carpets.

In 2010, the Azerbaijani carpet was proclaimed a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage by UNESCO. Carpets occupy a preeminent place among all the examples of Azerbaijani craftsmanship.

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