Kerimov Museum of Carpet and National Applied Art
The Azerbaijan State Museum of Carpet and Folk Applied Art named after L. Kerimov was opened in 1967 and named after the famous folk artist Latif Kerimov, who made a huge contribution and enriched the Azerbaijani decorative art. The world's first carpet museum was created in Azerbaijan, because it is here that carpet-making has not only occupied an important place in the life of the people for many centuries, but is also its symbol.
Carpet weaving originated in the V-IV millennium BC in the Eneolithic era. The skills of this art have been passed down for centuries from one generation of masters to another. Carpets were used to decorate walls and paving floors in tents, yurts, as well as residential buildings and other structures, representing great aesthetic value.
A huge collection of small and large-sized carpets, numbering about a million exhibits, was collected within the walls of the museum. One of the most valuable is a carpet with national ornaments "Hili—Buta" (a pattern in the form of a drop), which was woven by Karabakh weavers in the X century. In addition to carpets, the museum collection has more than 10 thousand valuable works of art (ceramics, artistic metal, jewelry — silver and gold products, national clothes and artistic embroidery, works by contemporary artists). The main purpose of the museum is not only the preservation of cultural heritage items, but also the promotion of Azerbaijani folk art through international exhibitions, conferences, symposiums and other events. The museum's collections have been repeatedly demonstrated in more than 50 countries around the world, including European countries — Great Britain, Portugal, Holland, Spain, Italy, France; Asian countries — India, Iran, Israel, Turkey; countries of the former USSR, as well as Cuba, the USA and many others.