Azerbaijan is a land of opportunities and adventures. With a legend behind each building, a history behind the generations, and beauty all around the country that intertwines the East with the modern Europe, Azerbaijan will take your breath away. You will want to return again and again.
Carpet weaving is one of the oldest and most widespread types of folk art and craft in Azerbaijan. In 2010, the art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving was added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. There are seven major carpet weaving schools distinguished by patterns, composition, colour palette and techniques in Azerbaijan: Quba School, Baku or Absheron School, Shirvan School, Ganja School, Gazakh School, Karabakh School and Tabriz School. If you would like to witness the splendor of Azerbaijani carpets we invite you to visit the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum located on the seaside boulevard. You can also see rare examples here. Established for researching, keeping and displaying carpets and carpet items, as well as applied art works, the Museum has the largest collection of Azerbaijan carpets in the world.
The “Miracle Oil,” Naftalan is a rare type of oil from Azerbaijan that is used only for medicinal purposes. Naftalan is named for a resort city, and the name means “oil buyer” in Azeri. Azerbaijani doctors have prescribed it for years to successfully treat various skin, joint and bone diseases such as psoriasis, arthritis and rheumatism. Naftalan is extracted from only one place in Azerbaijan: the north-central part of the country, not far from Ganja. Today Naftalan resorts provide treatments for more than 70 diseases in healing Naftalan baths.
Mountaineering and rock climbing is growing rapidly today. The Azerbaijan Mountaineering Federation is working to develop both disciplines. Since 2010, Azerbaijani alpinists successfully joined various mountaineering, sky running and rock climbing challenges and festivals. Great attention is paid to the secure ascents and preparation of new instructors. Even if you’re not a real mountaineer they offer some fabulous climbs. You’ll need an experienced guide, one or two porters/camp guards, a horse to carry your load, and good weather, as there is no shelter on the flinty upper slopes.
The Azerbaijani cuisine has long won recognition both in the East and in Europe. It was written in ancient sources by famous historians and travellers. The history of art to create recipes in Azerbaijan goes back centuries, and is based on the vast experience of hereditary chefs still present today. This cuisine is original and has a national character, which manifests itself in the specific cooking techniques and traditions of the Azerbaijanis. According to composition and a number of dishes, it is among the highly diverse and healthy ones, and the abundance of different kinds of meat, fish and vegetable specialties complemented by soft greens and savoury spices.