|Carpets of Azerbaijan||
weaving is one of the oldest and most traditional forms of art in Azerbaijan.
The skills of this art have been handed down from one generation of artisans
to another for centuries, and the the motifs and the colours used form
an essential part of the culture of Azerbaijan, and seem able to speak
to Azeris of every background, whether simple or sophisticated. You'll
find two types of carpets: knotted and flat-weaved.
The value of a carpet is determined by a complex mix of factors including quality, colour, age, fashion and transportation but naturally very suceptible to each moment's balance of market offer and demand. Carpet prices tend to be high throughout Azerbaijan. Just because a carpet is in Baku it does not mean it will be chepear there than in the West, the noveau riche in Azerbaijan have created a new local demand and the local dealers are well informed of world prices.
Export can be difficult due to bureaucratic requirements, even for new carpets. Expats often encounter problems when moving out of Azerbaijan trying to take their own used carpets. So if you are going to be a Baku resident have this in mind, before starting to buy expensive carpets.
The only easy way to smuggle Azeri carpets out of the country is via train to Russia, where it is not even checked for. From Moscow, it is simple to get carpets out of the country. Unless you smuggle, you will find little cost advantage to buying carpets in Baku for export, versus buying in the West.
you want to learn more about he carpets of Azerbaijan, the carpet museum
is a good place to start, the impressive building, still known for its
original purpose as the Lenin museum is located on 123a Neftchilar av.
Its collection was enriched with the carpets brought from Shusha
carpet museum, evacuated before the Armenian advance. Some good reference
books for the prospective buyer are: "Bennet's Oriental Rugs - Vol I -
Caucasian" (1993) and Ulrich Schurman's "Caucasian Rugs" (last reprinted
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