Turkmen Carpet Day was widely celebrated in Turkmenistan. It is marked on the last Sunday of May annually.
As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports, the sixth conference of the World Association of Experts of Turkmen Carpet Weaving was traditionally timed to this event. Famous scientists and researchers from Asian and European countries whose works and scientific findings contributed significantly to the development of handmade carpet weaving arrived in the Turkmen capital to participate in the conference.
Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov addressed a message to Turkmen carpet weavers and all participants of the forum on this remarkable occasion. "Turkmen carpet is like a cheerful song of love and hopes of people. This is the history written with paints of our ancestors' life, the message says in particular. Our gorgeous carpets are the honor of Motherland, dignity of our brave people. They are the world fame and sacred music."
At all times, experts and fans of the beautiful regarded the unique properties of Turkmen carpets as the perfect creation of mankind's soul and hands. According to experts, these carpets have special shine and velvet, and their color spectrum of sober classic colors starts "flowering" as time goes by, saturating it with more rich and expressive tints. One of the main secrets of beauty and longevity of Turkmen carpets is the natural dyes used by carpet weavers in wool coloring since ancient times. Having got acquainted with modern carpet production, the conference participants had every reason to state that today Turkmenistan employs the most complete technology of yarn processing, and the art of carpet weaving has reached its full flower.
A large-scale exposition of handmade carpets and an exhibition of arts and crafts were arranged in front of the Museum of Turkmen Carpet in Ashgabat. An official ceremony of awarding the jubilee medal "For the love of Fatherland" to seven best workers of Turkmenhaly state joint-stock corporation was held there. Eight more carpet weavers were conferred the honorary title "Honorable carpet maker". Celebration in honor of the winners of the contest of Turkmen carpet, carpet products and articles of the folk applied art made at the enterprises of Turkmenhaly state joint-stock corporation also took place.
The festivities in honor of Turkmen Carpet Day, celebration of best masters of carpet weaving and concerts were held all over the country.