The Karabakh-Azerbaijan Collection by EDSOR Berlin

Designed by Sammy Voigt, the new Karabakh-Azerbaijan collection from EDSOR Berlin is an evocation of the heritage of the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. The new accessory collection of neckties, pochette (pocket handkerchiefs) and scarves, all hand-made from silk woven in Como in northern Italy, feature designs derived from Karabakh culture.

EDSOR Berlin's new collection feature designs and motifs that are synonymous with the Karabakh region, including Azerbaijani Karabakh horses, landscapes and designs derived from Karabakh carpets.

“In this collection, EDSOR Berlin has brought the ancient heritage of Azerbaijan, and its remarkable background, up-to-date. This range pays homage to the Land of Fire, capturing its glorious heritage, potential, modernity and respect for traditions and art. The designs are inspired by the beautiful landscape, horses and carpets from the Karabakh region.”
Sammy Voigt

The Karabakh region holds significant cultural importance in Azerbaijan, being the homeland of some of the country’s greatest artisans, composers, singers and poets, including Uzeyir Hajibeyli, composer of Layla and Majnun, the first opera of the Muslim East (1908), and the poetess Natavan.

The region also gave its name to an eponymous equine breed – the Karabakh racing and riding horse. This was developed in the region and originally bred during the 19th Century. Fast and agile, Karabakh horses have excellent qualities of endurance and remain loyal to their masters. The beauty of this magnificent animal is captured on the scarves of the Karabakh-Azerbaijan range against a backdrop of the foliage-covered mountains. Due to the continuing Armenian occupation of the area, Karabakh horses are now bred in Sheki, and numbers have dwindled to below 1000 animals.

Karabakh carpets form one of the four main regional carpet schools of Azerbaijan, and are further subdivided into 10 types. The oldest existing Karabakh carpet dates from the 13th Century, and all carpets are renowned for their vivid, flamboyant colours and designs that incorporate designs derived from the nature of the region, displayed in geometrical formations. These carpets have inspired the Karabakh-Azerbaijan range of ties and pochettes (pocket handkerchiefs).

The Karabakh region of Azerbaijan

Despite being recognised under international law as Azerbaijani territory, Karabakh, and the seven surrounding regions, have remained under Armenian military occupation for over 20 years. The conflict, which raged from 1988–94, claimed the lives of 30,000 people on both sides. The occupation of Karabakh has continued in defiance of the four UN Security Council resolutions passed in 1993.

Altogether, there are 875,000 Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs). The ancient remnants of Azerbaijani heritage, including buildings, gravestones, museums, mosques and statues, have been destroyed, vandalised and neglected.

Four per cent

Four per cent of all profits from the Karabakh-Azerbaijan collection will be donated to the Shusha Children’s Music School in Azerbaijan. Shusha – the largest town in the Nagorno-Karabakh region – is synonymous with Azerbaijani culture and home to some of the greatest Azerbaijani composers, singers and poets. The purpose of this music school is to educate the children of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the town to ensure that this culture is kept alive.