Iravan group Azerbaijani carpets
Iravan group covers carpets woven using Gordest style in Agbaba, Shoreyel, Loru, Pembek, Shemsheddin, Goyche, Vedibasar, Gernibasar, Zengibasar, Talin, Aparan provinces of Western Azerbaijan and Iravan city.
Turks living in these provinces have woven both pile-weave and flat-weave carpets and carpet products along centuries. Flat-weave carpets like palaz, kilim, zili, verni, jejim were an inseparable part of local people who led summer-winter lifestyles. Iravan group carpet examples were woven out of camel and sheep and goat wool dyed by natural dyes in white, black, red, navy blue, purple, blue, yellow and green colors are distinguished by the richness of geometric and floral elements, mythological birds, and animal images. Religious views and beliefs of local population are reflected in the choice of pattern-composition of carpets. Its geographical closeness to Eastern Anatolia, Nakhchivan, Gazakh-Borchali, Karabakh and Tabriz is one of the major factors providing to the similarity of the Western Azerbaijani carpets to those woven in these districts. Carpet weaving art of Iravan district is one of the important sources confirming that those territories are the historical-ethnic lands of Turks (Azerbaijanis). Iravan group Azerbaijani carpets that are highly assessed on history, color and rarity categories decorate famous museums and private collections.