International conference discusses operations of Azerbaijani museums [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismayilova

The Carpet Museum of Azerbaijan was represented at the final conference within the framework of the BEMUSEUMER project.

The director of the Carpet Museum, Dr. Shirin Malikova, participated in the virtual conference, Azernews reports, citing the Carpet Museum.

The online meeting discussed audience development as one of the main challenges for museums and included discussions on possible ways to maintain the established network of museum professionals in the South Caucasus region.

During the virtual conference, Shirin Malikova gave a speech on the topic of audience development and accessibility to Azerbaijani museums.

BeMuseumer is a consortium project co-funded by Creative Europe of the European Union, led by the Association of Georgian Museums, NEMO, and the Academy of Cultural Management (Netherlands).

The project focuses on raising the professionalism of museum workers in the South Caucasus region with European expertise.

The project modules cover trainings, webinars, as well as study visits/internships in the South Caucasus region, German and Dutch museums, practical sessions, forums, symposia, methodological publications, etc. on the theme of key issues in the museum sector.

In particular, the Carpet Museum has already been represented at a meeting on the intangible cultural heritage of museums in the Turkish world.

Director of the Carpet Museum Shirin Malikova participated in the meeting held annually in different countries to promote mutual exchange of information and experience and open up new opportunities for cooperation.

She gave a presentation “Revival and Promotion of Art of Carpet Weaving, Cultural Heritage of Turkish World at National Carpet Museum of Azerbaijan”.

Founded in 1967, the National Carpet Museum never ceases to amaze the public with its beautiful architecture.

Initiated by eminent rug artist Latif Karimov, it is stunning inside and out. The new museum building is designed in the form of a rolled carpet.

The Carpet Museum houses more than 14,000 exhibits of the finest Azerbaijani carpets.

The museum hosts multiple events, including international symposia, conferences and various exhibitions.

In 2019, the museum received national status for its significant contribution to the popularization and promotion of Azerbaijani art of carpet weaving.

In 2020, the Carpet Museum enriched its collection with magnificent pile carpets purchased by the Ministry of Culture during the Sartirana Textile Show in Italy.

The 19th century Guba Ugakh carpet was donated to the Carpet Museum, while the Karabakh Chalabi carpet enriched the collection of the Shusha branch of the museum.

The Carpet Museum also focuses on cooperation with world-renowned museum organizations.

In addition, the Carpet Museum won the Travelers’ Choice Awards for the fourth consecutive time.

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