Artsakh Carpets with Unique Armenian Ornaments were Presented as a Historical Memory of Baku

  • by Western Armenia, June 08, 2024 in Patrimony

Recently, Baku's policy of appropriating Armenian heritage has been activated on various international platforms in the form of exhibitions, lectures and scientific hearings.

This time we are talking about "azerbaijani carpets" opened in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is about the exhibition entitled "genetic code of memory". warnes the Monument Watch platform  about this.

Artsakh carpets, with their unique Armenian ornaments and designs, are presented as the traditional carpet-making culture of Baku.

The signs, images of animals and birds, patterns and beliefs in the carpets were used in the Armenian carpet weaving culture and have a centuries-old history.

The exhibition was initiated by the Embassy of Baku in Latvia. It is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Baku and Latvia, which further emphasizes the state orientation of the event.

The samples repeat the "Artsvagorg" from the carpet-making center of the Armenian feudal power of Jraberd, Artsakh, the "Orotan" type carpet from Syunik and Nakhichevan  Goghtn provinces, as well as the Shirvan carpets.

The main decorative motif of "Artsvagorg" is the Eagle. It is one of the personifications of the winged Sun or Urartian Khaldi deity, Zoroastrian Ahuramazda. This iconography of the winged sun has been known in Armenian art since ancient times and finds its expression also in the late medieval Armenian carpets of Artsakh.

The platform considers it important to note that the exhibits are the products of Baku's Azerkhalcha/Azerxalça company, which is the only carpet producer there. And this is an indicator of the fact that the creation of collections with copies of Artsakh ornaments created by the factory is directed, monopolistic and under state patronage.

It is even more dangerous that the exhibition also has a tendency to erase Armenian through educational programs, the proof of which is the lectures held in the same museum, during which Shushi was presented as the centuries-old cultural capital of Baku.

Back in 2021, Baku submitted documents to UNESCO to include Shushi as an Azerbaijani city in the "UNESCO Creative Cities Network", in addition, Baku declared our Armenian Shushi "Cultural Capital of the Turkic World" in 2023.

The Armenian platform emphasizes that Baku, distorting the historical facts, neutralizes the real heritage tradition, depriving it of its authenticity.

It violates the principle of authenticity of heritage accepted by UNESCO, because according to the document adopted in Nara in 1994, the knowledge that is the basis of heritage must be true and reliable and it must be preserved with reliable information.