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Engaging With Azerbaijan’s Artifacts

i. KF Programs

  1. About the Karabakh Foundation
  2. Public Programs
  3. Online Azerbaijani Heritage Center

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iv. Enrich you Experience

Coins & Currency

i. History of Coins in Azerbaijan

  1. Introduction of Coinage in the Hellenistic Age (4th Century BCE)
  2. Imitating Hellenistic Coinage (4th Century BCE – 3rd Century BCE)
  3. The Struggle for Power (3rd century-8th century CE)
  4. Silver in the Feudal States (9th century-11th century CE)
  5. The Silver Crisis (11th century-13th century CE)
  6. Occupation Coinage, Foreign Conquests in Azerbaijan (13th Century-14th Century CE)
  7. Feudal States (15th Century-17th Century CE)
  8. Currency of the Khanates (18th Century – 19th Century CE)
  9. Russian Coinage in Azerbaijan
  10. Soviet Azerbaijan
  11. The Manat System

ii. How Coins are made

  1. Metals: Raw Material of Coins
  2. The Construction of Coins

iii.  Alternate Forms of Currency

  1. Spices and other Raw Goods
  2. Textiles
  3. Silk Road Trading Media

iv.  Anatomy of a Coin
v. Contemporary Azerbaijani Coins



i. History

  1. Origins
  2. Historical Accounts of Azerbaijani Carpets
  3. Azerbaijani Carpets around the World

ii. Cultural Context
iii. How are Carpets Made?

  1. The Azerbaijani Environment
  2. Community Cooperation
  3. Carding Wool
  4. Dyeing
  5. Design
  6. Weaving Centers

iv. What do Carpets Look Like?

  1. Weaving Structures
  2. All in the Details
  3. Quality Control
  4. Clues to a Carpet’s Origins

v.     Seven Schools of Carpet Design

  1. Latif Karimov
  2. Quba
  3. Shirvan
  4. Baku
  5. Nakhcivan
  6. Ganja
  7. Kazakh
  8. Karabakh
  9. Tabriz
  10. Iravan
  11. Prayer Rugs

Musical Instruments

i. The Azerbaijani Musical Tradition
ii. Constructing Instruments
iii. Wind Instruments

  1. The Balaban
  2. The Zurna
  3. The Tutek
  4. The Ney

iv. String Instruments

  1. The Tar
  2. The Saz
  3. The Kamancha
  4. The Oud
  5. The Garmon

v. Percussion Instruments

  1. The Naghara
  2. The Goshanaghara
  3. The Ghaval and the Def
  4. The Dumbek

vi. The Sounds of Azerbaijan

  1. Scales Meant to Entrance
  2. Mugham

vii. Jazz

  1. Vagif Mustafzade
  2. Zulfugar Baghirov

viii. Eurovision



Azerbaijani Architectural Style
i. Pre-Islamic Architecture
ii. Islamic

  1. Nakhchivan Architecture School
  2. Shirvan Architecture School

iii. Architecture of the First Oil Boom
iv. The Soviet Period

  1. Soviet Style
  2. Housing Crisis in the Soviet Union
  3. European Architecture in the Soviet Era

v. The Second Oil Boom
vi. Azerbaijani Architecture Today

  1. Post-Modernism
  2. White-City Project
  3. A City of Parks
  4. An Interview with Danny Forster

Culinary Arts

i. Food: The culinary tradition

  1. History of food in Azerbaijan
  2. Setting the table
  3. Azerbaijani meals
  4. Food and the arts
  5. Regional specialties
  6. Cultivating produce
    1. What they grow
    2. A land of vegetables
    3. Soviet Influence
    4. Food traditions throughout the year
      1. Seasonal differences
      2. Holiday cuisine

ii. Tea

  1. Tea Culture
    1. Cultural cognates
    2. Chai Khanas
    3. Samovar
    4. Pear-shaped glasses
    5. Tea for guests
    6. Other beverages