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Rolled up by design

A building resembling a roll of carpet

Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, Baku, March 2017

Carpet weaving is an important part of Azerbaijan’s heritage and this was recognised by UNESCO in 2010. A tour of the museum reveals many aspects of this craft, and many of the carpets on display depict the history, geography and culture of the country.

The carpet museum first opened in 1967 in accordance with the decree No. 130 of the Council of Ministers of the Azerbaijan SSR. The building depicted here, though, only opened in 2014. The design that resembles a rolled up carpet was the work of Austrian architect Franz Janz. Construction took six years, and required the demolition of a historic building, but is now an unmissable part of the seafront park in Baku.

A building resembling a roll of carpet
A building resembling a roll of carpet and Baku skyline in distance



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 12 January 2021

Posted as part of Becky’s January SquareUp

20 replies »

  1. I would LOVE to see this. Not much chance I’m afraid, so reading your account and seeing the photos was a good second best.


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