Azerbaijan State Carpet Museum
|Azerbaijan State Carpet Museum|
Azerbaijan State Carpet Museum (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Dövlət Xalça Muzeyi), also known as the State Museum of Azerbaijan Carpet and Applied Art (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Xalçası və Xalq Tətbiqi Sənəti Dövlət Muzeyi), is a museum located on Neftchiler Avenue, in the center of Baku, Azerbaijan. The museum displays Azerbaijani carpets and rug items of various weaving techniques and materials from various periods. It is named after Latif Karimov and has the largest collection of Azerbaijani carpets in the world.
The museum was established in 1967 and was located in the Juma Mosque in Icheri Sheher. The mosque was built in the 15th century and then renovated in the 19th century. In 1992, after the collapse of USSR, the museum was moved to the building of the former Lenin museum. The museum was named after the carpet designer Latif Karimov. Its first exhibition was held in 1972. The collection of the museum includes over 10,000 items of ceramics, metal works of 14th century, jewellery from the Bronze Age, carpets and carpet items from 17th-20th centuries, national garments and embroidery, and applied art works of modern age.
The museum organizes public lectures, study courses on carpets and applied arts. It has a book store selling books on Azerbaijani crafts and carpet art. The museum also holds a permanent collection from the Shusha Museum of History, from the city of Shusha, looted after occupation by Armenian troops in 1992. Part of the exhibited items of the Shusha museum were saved when the director of the museum moved out 600 carpets before occupation. They are now displayed at the museum in an exhibition titled "Burned Culture".
International exhibitions 
The museum does research and public service work. Every year, state and international exhibitions are organized and catalogues on carpets are printed by the museum. The museum has also held exhibitions in more than 30 countries including France, Germany, England, Japan, Holland. In 1998, the museum participated in a UNESCO-organized exhibition in Paris dedicated to Fuzûlî and in 1999 dedicated to 1,300th anniversary of the Book of Dede Korkut and displayed carpets, folk applied art items, including copper jugs, mugs, buckets and saddle-bags.
See also 
- "AZERBAIJAN CARPET MUSEUM". Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- "Baku's National Carpet Museum". Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- "Carpets Made to Last - A Walk Through Baku's National Carpet Museum". Azerbaijan International. Retrieved August 20, 2010.