BP hosted in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture public presentation of an art book which it has sponsored in support of international recognition of Azerbaijan’s rich cultural heritage.
The book represents thorough cultural and historical research into one of the amazing national art trends of Azerbaijan – Kelaghayi Art.
Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP’s Vice President, Communications, External Affairs, Strategy and Region, said: “BP takes pride in being related to the research and promotion of one of Azerbaijan’s fascinating national art patterns. We believe Kelaghayi is more than art. It represents the entire nation’s wisdom of symbolism and the depth of their sense of elegance and grace. Therefore, this fine art has endured for centuries and has become part of the world’s cultural heritage through UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The book that we presented today is a piece of art in itself with its colorful paintings and exquisite design and printing. We believe this is quite a matching gift to feature the full wealth, philosophy and glamour of Kelaghayi Art.”
Attending the event the Head of the sector of department for international cooperation and innovative development of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture Tamerlan Akhundov, highlighted the presentation of the book as a remarkable event. He said that the book dedicated to the Kelaghayi, Azerbaijani women's national headscarf made from fine and soft silk in a four-cornered shape.
Kelaghayi were traditionally square-shaped.
It was noted that under the patronage of President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva, the cultural heritage of our country is protected and promoted.
As a result of this concern, it has been entered in the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage as Azerbaijan’s “Traditional art and symbolism of Kelaghayi”.
“The book is a work of art for its color shades, delicate design and polygraphic peculiarities”, the author of the publication Emine Malikova said.
Director of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum Shirin Malikova stressed on the importance of the book. She noted that at the museum has been prepared an exhibition dedicated to the Kelaghayi art.
The book is a result of solid research conducted in the museums of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine and led by the ExpoOrg Company.