Azerbaijan is one of the leading countries worldwide in terms of the art of carpet weaving.
Azerbaijan’s Carpet Museum has been around since 1967, first inside a 15th-century mosque.
In 2010, Azerbaijan’s traditional art of carpet weaving was included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The recent years have seen the emergence of such modern landmarks of Azerbaijan as the Heydar Aliyev Center, the Flame Towers and the Flag Square.
These architectural works demonstrate the power and development of modern Azerbaijan.
The Carpet Museum, where unique samples of applied arts are exhibited, has been located in different places throughout its history.
The new building houses 13,300 exhibits and items, including carpets, thread-work samples, metalwork, fabrics, clothing, ceramic, glass, wooden and paper items, jewellery, books, and a unique collection of photographs.
Designed by Austrian architect Franz Janz, the museum highlights all areas of the Azerbaijani carpet making school and features a wide assortment of centuries-old carpets and thread-work samples.
An eye-popping example of literal architecture that’s made all the more bizarre by the fact that the museum abandoned unbelievably gorgeous historic spaces in favor of it.
The structure, which took six years to build, has curved walls from the inside, not just the outside, which means that visitors can admire the country’s intricate textiles.
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Architect: Hoffmann – Janz
Engineer: Osama Dalileh, Daniel Georgi, Sanja Latas, Thomas Lampl
Owner: Ministry of Culture and Tourism the Republic of Azerbaijan
Article by Marco Rinaldi