"We by all means defend and will defend our independence," said President Ilham Aliyev at the opening of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum on August 26, SIA reports.
The Head of State noted that the design activities of the building have received considerable attention and finally Austrian architects have worked on this project: "This project has its uniqueness. This building looks like a carpet, and, of course, I had no doubt for the place of the Carpet Museum. Carpet Museum should be on the most beautiful place in Baku, on the boulevard. This is a unique piece of architecture. "
President Ilham Aliyev said that ancient architectural monuments and modern monuments are in harmony, a single ensemble in Baku and in recent years modern Azerbaijan’s symbols as Heydar Aliyev Center, Flame Towers and Flag Square were created. “These architectural works demonstrate the power, the development of modern Azerbaijan. Of course, these architectural works are unique. I can say that the building of the Carpet Museum is also one of them. It is also distinguished by its uniqueness, and I hope in the future, no one will copy this piece of architecture. Since, Azerbaijani modern architectural works sometimes can be seen in other places. But this is an Azerbaijani product and I am very happy that today this beautiful, majestic museum is opened. "
“Carpet is our national art. We believe that Azerbaijan is the birthplace of the art of carpet weaving, carpet - it is our national treasure, wealth, as well as mugham, architectural monuments. It is no coincidence, after the construction of the museum on our initiative, Azerbaijani art of carpet weaving has been included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. "
"Coming to Azerbaijan, foreign guests celebrate the beauty of Baku. They see the development of our country, at the same time get acquainted with our values. Our architectural values, the art of music, school of art and of course, the art of carpet weaving are the source of our pride, " said President Ilham Aliyev.
President noted that creating in real life such beautiful work, we enrich our country and demonstrate to the world that Azerbaijan is successfully living as an independent country: "Azerbaijani people already know the benefits of independence. Independence is our greatest asset, our greatest value. We by all means defend and will defend our independence. In the years of independence, we were able to create such beautiful works. In a short time - just in 23 years of independence, Azerbaijan has a very long and glorious path. If we gained independence not in 1991, but in 1971 or 1950, today Azerbaijan would be the most developed country in the world. But we go this way. We strengthen, and develop our country. There are specific programs for each area. Political and economic reforms are realized. Regional development programs are implemented. Of course, all the work related to our cultural life, heritage and culture are consistently carried out. Today's event is a clear indication for this. "