Discover Azerbaijan Carpet

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: $536

Azerbaijani carpet weaving, occupies a special place in the history of its national culture. The most widespread folk art is carpet weaving. It made its way into the everyday life of the people of Azerbaijan and turned into a symbol for the nation. Because of their high aesthetic value, fleecy and pileless carpets, decorated with various patterns and signs, are used to decorate the walls and floors of marquees, huts, homes, nomads’ tents, and other buildings.

According to their technical peculiarities azeraijan carpets are divided into fleecy carpets and carpets without pile. The weaving of the carpets without pile dates to the earliest period of the art of weaving. The art of Azerbaijan carpet weaving differs by its high graphic and technical peculiarities and variety of weaving without pile. The patterns of all the carpets without pile are presented here, while these patterns are very few in carpet weaving of other countries. Witnessed it, in the part ‘Caucasus carpets’ of ‘Oriental carpet’, German art investigator O.Rop informs that carpets of mentioned region appeared earlier than that of the Asia, and proves the best carpets without pile-kilims are in the Caucasus

Day 1
Arrival to the capital of Azerbaijan Baku city

Upon arrival to International airport of Baku the tourist will be meted by representative of ( after meeting we will take road to the hotel. Upon arrival to the hotel we will have check in to the hotel and have a free time. Overnight in Baku. 

Day 2
Discover history of azeri carpet

09:30 After breakfast, depart to visit the old Carpet Museum.

Our host will be Dr. Roya Tagyeva who will present some of the best examples, including pieces from the store-­‐rooms. Official donation of two carpets by Mrs. Beverly Schiltz. Discussion of the two examples. Donation of the book Dragon and Horse by Koos de Jong.

11:30 Visit the History Museum of Azerbaijan (incl. textiles and carpets). 12:30 Sightseeing tour in the city: Martyr’s Cemetery, located on the higher slopes of the city’s west-­‐end, this is the best place for panorama viewing of the city and the Bay of Baku and walk along Baku Boulevard. 14:00 Light lunch* in the Old Town.

Visit Azerkhalcha carpet workshop in Old Town.

15:00 Visit the main objectives in the Inner City: Maiden Tower (XII century), Palace of Shirvanshahs (XV century), Castle Synyk Gala, Caravan Saray  Multani, Juma Mosque.

17:30 Tea at the workshop of Eldar Mikailzadeh where Alberto Boralevi will introduce the textile artist.

On the way back to the hotel outside view of the construction site of the new Carpet Museum of Baku.

20.00 Depart for dinner


Day 3

Baku — Lahij — Sheki 

09:00 Depart from the hotel.

11.30       Stop on the road to visit cultural vestiges and have some fruits. 14:00 Lunch on road

15:30 Drive to Lahij village. One of the most beautiful corners of Azerbaijan at the foot of the Great Caucasus Mountains -­‐ the land of rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Three climate zones are represented in the same place in this region, ranging from snowy mountains to hot plains. The trip lasts about 2.5 hours. The itinerary passes through Lahij village, which is a commercial center. This village is inhabited by carpet weavers, hereditary tanners, engravers, potters, blacksmiths, metal and wood carvers. During the excursion, we will see an ancient bridge connecting two villages, a stone water-­‐pipe from the 16th century, and specimens of dwellings from the 19th century with murals; we will also visit the Museum of regional studies, where ancient carpets and brass articles are kept.

Depart for Sheki our final destination.

19:30 Accommodation at hotel

Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 4

Sheki city tour

09:00 After breakfast we will have a 15 min. briefing to collect impressions, suggestions before starting the visit of Sheki. This is one of the most famous and ancient places of Azerbaijan. Situated 700 m (2297 ft.) above the sea level, like an amphitheatre surrounded by the mountains and forests of oak trees, this ancient city was long famed as a silk centre and an important stop on the Great Silk Route. Visit Sheki silk road way caravanserai whitch combined to «yukhari» and «ashagi» caravanserai. There is an assumption that the name of the town goes back to the ethnonym of the Saks, who reached the territory of Azerbaijan in the 7th century BC.  We’ll start our tour in Sheki with the visit to the 18th century Khan’s summer palace with magnificent frescos and stained glass work.

10:30 Sheki History Museum with artifacts of several periods. 12:00 Visit an early Albanian Church and the village of Kish. 13:30 Lunch

16:00 Visit a carpet work shop in Sheki 20:00 Dinner.

Day 5
Sheki — Shamakhi — Baku

08:00 After breakfast depart to Shamakhi.

During our journey some experts participating at the tour will discuss topics related to the Caucasian Rugs.

13:00 Lunch on road.

14:30 Visit Diri Baba mausoleum in Maraza village, historical Juma Mosque, mausoleum of Yeddi Gumbez.

Time permitting we also will visit the Fire Temple of Suraxani one of Azerbaijan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Dinner in restaurant

Day 6
Baku — Nakhchivan

Departure to Nakhchivan from Baku at 19:00.

Arrival to Nakhchivan city airport at 20:00.

Transfer to hotel and free time.

Day 7

07:00 — 09:00: Breakfast at the Hotel

09:10: Meet at the Hotel lobby and start tour

Nakhchivan City tour:

Visit Prophet Noah’s grave monument – Legend about World Flood

Visit ruins of old Nakhchivan city walls (3 millennium b.c)

Visit Imamzadeh – 16th century

Carpet Museum

Visit to Momina Khatun Monument – 12th century

14:30: Visit to Khan’s House – 18th century

15:15: Visit to Yusif Ibn Kuseyir Tomb – 14th century

15:35: Drive to visit “Garabaghlar monument – 13th century. In a clear day you will have chance to see AgriDag at the Eastern Turkey, where Prophet Noah’s Ark is believed to be.

17:15: Visit “Duzdagh” Salt Mine caves (Physiotherapy Treatment Center), a unique asthma bronchitis treatment center in the world

21:00: Transfer to hotel

Day 8
Nakhchivan — Baku

07:00 – 09:00: Breakfast at the hotel.

09:30: Drive to Nakhchivan International Airport

11:00: Flight to Baku

Arrival to Baku. Meeting in airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Free day.

Dinner in restaurant

Overnight in Baku.

Day 9
End of the tour

Breakfast at the hotel. 12:00 checkout from the hotel. Depend on the departure time transfer to the airport.