Azerbaijan's Contribution to the World of Oriental Carpets

Saturday, May 7, 2011

6:30-8:30 pm

David Zahirpour Oriental Rugs, Inc.

4922 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016


A significant percentage of the world's carpets known as "Oriental rugs" were designed and produced in what is today the country of Azerbaijan. Join the Karabakh Foundation in affirming Azerbaijan's rightful place in the great tradition of Oriental rug making. Esteemed panelists will address Azerbaijan's significant carpet-making traditions and legacy. Panelists also will outline some of the reasons "Azerbaijani carpets" is not yet a household term. Washington, D.C., carpet dealer David Zahirpour opens his doors to local enthusiasts. He is joined by Dr. Rovshan Ibrahimov and Jeffrey Werbock. The event is free. Register online at Seating will also be available at the door on a first come first serve basis.

Dr. Rovshan Ibrahimov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. A member of the Council for Foreign Affairs, he founded the International Relations Department at Qafqaz University and the Center for Energy. Dr. Ibrahimov has written more than 100 articles on foreign policy, energy security, and South Caucasus issues, and is co-producer of political TV talk-show "The Eurasian Window." He is currently a visiting research fellow at George Mason University`s TRACCC Institute in a research program financed by the U.S. State Department.

Jeffrey Werbock
began his studies of Azerbaijani mugham and Azerbaijani carpets in 1972. He has performed in major venues for more than three decades,and regularly gives lecture demonstrations of the Azerbaijan mugham musical style on native Azerbaijani musical instruments at colleges, universities, academies and museums throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Werbock has given numerous concerts in Azerbaijan, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.

The Karabakh Foundation wishes to thank David Zahirpour for opening his doors, and for sharing his expertise. The Foundation's interview with Mr. Zahirpour on the Azerbaijani Radio Hour: The Voice of the Karabakh Foundation, can be found at 

David Zahirpour is a third-generation dealer in antique oriental rugs and textiles. Established in 1969, David Zahirpour's store is a premier Oriental rug dealer in Washington, D.C., and Mr. Zahirpour is a certified appraiser. David Zahirpour specializes in hand-wash rug cleaning, and restoration of fine rugs and textiles. He regularly lectures and teaches about oriental rugs at the Textile Museum located in Washington, D.C.

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