The opening ceremony of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s exhibition entitled as “New discoveries: new motifs in Azerbaijani carpets” has taken place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in France, and the Permanent Representative Office of Azerbaijan at UNESCO, ONA reports.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition was attended by the Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alekberov, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO Erneste Ottone Ramirez, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to France Rahman Mustafayev, Head of the Permanent Representative Office of Azerbaijan at UNESCO, Ambassador Anar Kerimov, ambassadors accredited in France, head of missions to UNESCO, representatives of local community and Azerbaijani Diaspora.
The Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alekberov making a speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition talked about the development of the “New discoveries: new motifs in Azerbaijani carpets” project. He said 10 years ago Azerbaijani carpet weaving art was included in UNESCO’s Representative List of Non-Material Cultural Heritage of the Mankind, and at the 43rd session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Baku the “Historical Center of Sheki City including Khan’s Palace” was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. From this point of view, the demonstration of Sheki carpets at UNESCO’s headquarters bears great significance. He expressed his gratitude to UNESCO’s Director General Audrey Azoulay for the support provided by her to organization of the exhibition at UNESCO’s headquarters.
Later, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, Azerbaijani Ambassador to France Rahman Mustafayev, Head of Permanent Azerbaijani Delegation to UNESCO, Ambassador Anar Karimov have also delivered speeches.
The First Vice-President of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and Heydar Aliyev Foundation has been thanked for the organization of the exhibition in speeches.