The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum showcased jewellery, handmade carpets and the textile products in Turkmenistan from February 15 to February 18, 2019
Turkmenistan produces some of the most unique and beautiful carpets in the world. Regarded as descendants of some of the oldest carpet-weaving traditions in Central Asia, these intricate and eye-catching rugs have become a cultural symbol of the country and are prized for their quality and rich colours.
The exhibition was organised by the Ministry of Textile Industry of Turkmenistan and the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum with the support of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Baku and the Azerbaijani Cultural Ministry. Featuring pure wool pile hand-made carpets, textiles and traditional jewellery, it showcased the history and culture of Turkmen tribes.
The centuries-old tradition of weaving Turkmen rugs produces some of the most expensive and highest quality carpets in the world, which exude exquisite craftsmanship and elegance. Dominated with dark reds, the rugs are frequently decorated with indigo and black designs, which reflects the historical legacy of the region. Visitors also explored a wide range of Turkmenistan-produced textiles, such as linen, denim and keteni, the national silk homespun fabric, known for its durability and colours.
Along with the textiles, the museum also exhibited traditional jewellery to celebrate its central place in Turkmen culture. Distinguished by its extensive repertoire of silver ornaments with chunky, geometric forms, the jewellery often carried deep symbolic meaning and often marked an individual’s passage from one stage of life to another. The ornaments form symmetrical arrangements, frequently embellished with semi-precious stones that are believed to provide its wearer protective powers, such as carnelian, a bright red stone that symbolises vitality, happiness and fertility.
Here, we share some images from the exhibition.
Images courtesy of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum