Azerbaijani applied arts, especially carpet weaving, occupy 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.
The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum is the treasury of Azerbaijan national culture. Established for researching, keeping and displaying carpets and carpet items, as well as applied art works, the Museum has the largest collection of Azerbaijani carpets in the world, of different weaving techniques and materials.
The Museum was set up in 1967, and the first exhibition was opened in 1972. Its collection numbers more than 10, 000 objects, including ceramics, jewelry from the Bronze Age, and metal works, including some from the 14th century. Additionally, there are carpets and carpet items of the 17th-20th cc., gold and silver adornments, national garments and embroidery, and applied art works of the modern period.