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Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

We went here because the guide had a list of places to see. I would have skipped this as the staff member we encountered was rude and she followed us all over the place appearing to be suspicious. There was no picture taking allowed inside the building. Unless you want to see old carpets, I will skip this. There are a lot more interesting places to see in Baku.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed August 27, 2016

I visited on a Saturday when it is free. The building is worth seeing from the outside butnthe museum is, as the title suggests, just full of carpets and an jnformation board or two. If you are into carpet, go!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

Although I am not much interest in carpets , but the museum worth visiting, very nice building design in a lovely place, and the entrance fee is reasonable.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Bakhtiar M
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Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Whilst a museum with 3 floors of carpets and carpet making might not be for everyone, I think it is helpful to give some colour and context to Azerbaijan history. Carpets have been deemed an intangible cultural part of Azerbaijan history by UNESCO after all!

Museum is 7 Manat to get in, is well laid out, all signs are in English and it has good views of Caspian Sea. Also very easy to find since it looks like a rolled up carpet and is on sea front. Staff are very "present" practically following you around but I guess some of the carpets are very valuable and they don't want people to damage them.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

The carpet museum is in a wonderfully spectacular building that resembles a rolled-up carpet. It is architecturally brilliant and modern.

Inside there is a feast for the senses: carpets of all kinds and styles, ordered logically by geographical region, according to a vast store of knowledge that is inaccessible to the common person. Great care is taken to present this treasure trove of information in terms that are easy to understand. On top of all that, the carpets are beautiful and there are multimedia displays showing how they are woven (or "weaved" according to the signs).

So why did I give it only two stars if it's so wonderful? That's easy. The whole experience is marred by the attitude of the staff.

First, you have to walk through a metal detector and leave your bags in a special locker, as though there is a risk of your putting the huge carpets into your bag and stealing them somehow.

Second, every floor of the three-storey building is manned by at least four people who watch your every move like hawks. It's unnerving and quite the opposite of welcoming. On the second floor there is an exhibit that shows the interior of one of the carpeted rooms and when you come near it, a staff member watches you like a prisoner in a maximum-security jail so that, heaven forbid, you don't set foot in the room. Why they don't just cordon it off is a mystery to me. I actually had quite a lot of fun walking up and down the second floor, over and over again, with my bodyguard following me like a shadow. You have to be quite fit to work in that museum.

Another important tip is that you have to pay 150% of the price if you want to take a camera in. However, taking a photograph with a mobile phone is completely free. I have no idea why this is, but bring a phone if you want to take any pictures.

At the entrance there is also a shop that sells carpets and related souvenirs.

Date of experience: August 2016
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