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Festivities on occasion of the Turkmen Carpet Day
The Turkmen Carpet Day was widely celebrated in the country on the last Sunday of May. The traditional International exhibition “The Turkmen carpet is the soul of the Turkmen nation” and XIII conference of the World Association of Connoisseurs of Turkmen Handmade Carpet Weaving took place in Ashgabat.
Among the participants and guests to the forum were scientists and specialists, famous carpet manufacturers, businessmen and connoisseurs of carpets from Belgium, the UK, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, etc.
The large-scale exposition was showcased in the halls and galleries of the National Turkmen Carpet Museum and at the outdoor territory adjacent to the museum, where the stands with beautiful carpet articles and national yurtas with all relevant attributes representing each region of the country were placed.
Among the exhibits were classical wool and silk carpets and beautiful carpet articles, winners of the annual contests held on occasion of the Turkmen Carpet Day.
The solemn ceremony of awarding the best workers of the industry with the title “Honoured carpet weaver of Turkmenistan”, diplomas and valuable presents took place within the framework of the exhibition on occasion of the Turkmen Carpet Day within the framework of the exhibition.
In the afternoon, participants of the exposition forum gathered together at the conference hall of the Turkmenhaly State Association to take part in the XIII conference of the World Association of Connoisseurs of Turkmen Handmade Carpet Weaving.
Given the rapidly increasing demand for various carpet articles used for decoration of office buildings, hotels and other facilities, local carpet weavers significantly increased the carpet production growth.
Wide cultural, trade and economic relations with foreign partners play an important role in developing the national carpet weaving industry and popularizing the unique qualities of hand-made carpets. At present, Turkmen carpets have significant share in the products exported by Turkmenistan to Germany, Italy, the UK, Greece, France and many other countries.
Those speaking during the conference focused on the history of origin of ancient patterns, the peculiarities of developing the carpet weaving art in various countries and in different historical periods, the issues of using the most advanced computer technologies and other innovations in making new carpet articles, etc. Conference participants highly appreciated the successes achieved in early archeological and ethnographic researches, spoke about the records about carpets and carpet patterns in Turkmen and foreign sources, the unique historical and artistic significance of the Turkmen people’s ancient art.
State News Agency of Turkmenistan (TDH)