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Lahıc copper craft

Lahıc copper craft is a traditional folk art of Lahıc, Ismailli in Azerbaijan. It includes the production of copper crockery and other products. It was added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015.[1][2][3]


The Aliyev family, one of the copper-smith families of Lahıc, Ismailli, started this craft for the first time in 1725.[4][5]

Since the 19th century Lahıc, Ismailli has become the main center of copper in Azerbaijan. Large quantities of household goods and home appliances were made in Lahıc. In the middle of the nineteenth century, there were about 200 workshops in Lahıc, Ismailli.[6]

On April 19, 2010 in Lahıc, Ismailli a course was opened regarding copper craft. Twelve young men graduated from the first course. The director of the course was the teacher – Nazar Aliyev. Many of the young people who have completed the first year have been employed at the Lahıc Historical and Cultural Reserve. The rest were engaged in copper craft in shops.[7][8]

In November 2015, the Lahıc copper craft was nominated to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.[9] On December 3 of that year, this craft was included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.[10]

On postage stamp

Lahıc copper craft was depicted in postage stamps belonging to the "Azerbaijan-Romania Joint Issue" in December 2014.[11][12]


See also