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Ismayilli-Lahij Village

Lahij (Azerbaijani: Lahıc, Tat: Löhij) is a village and municipality on the southern slopes of Greater Caucasuswithin the Ismailli Rayon of Azerbaijan. Population is approximately 860 people who speak the Tat language.

Lahij is a notable place in Azerbaijan, with its authentic handicrafts traditions, particularly related to copper. The village’s carpet and rug crafts are also well known in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus. Lahij has an old sewage system (some experts claim that it was built 1000 – 1500 years ago). Due to frequent earthquakes local people have developed sophisticated and authentic construction techniques.

History

Lahij is one of the most ancient human settlements in Azerbaijan. The Lahij District is located in the Ismayilli regionof the Republic of Azerbaijan, on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range at a height of 1211 meters above sea level.

During the Medieval Period, Lahij became an important centre of craftsmen in Azerbaijan. Lahij master craftsmen could create forty types of items related to Folk Art. These skilled craftsmen included jewelers, blacksmiths, carpenters, carpet makers, engravers, painters, tanners, shoemakers and bast shoe makers, sock weavers and others. Many valuable examples of the products of these skills are exhibited in famous museums and collections.