Decorative Arts and Crafts
Carpet and textile making, both of which are ancient
Azerbaijani crafts, flourished during the medieval period, and
Azerbaijani products became well known in Asia and Europe.
Azerbaijani carpets and textiles were known for their rich
vegetation patterns, depictions from the poetry of Nezami
Ganjavi, and traditional themes. Each region produced its own
distinctive carpet patterns. Silk production became significant
in the eighteenth century. During the Soviet period, carpets,
textiles, and silk continued to be made in factories or at home.
In medieval times, ornately chased weaponry was another major
export. Azerbaijan was also famed for miniature books
incorporating elaborate calligraphy and illustrations.
Data as of March 1994