For centuries Azerbaijani artists have used gold, ink and brightly coloured paints to illuminate and beautify Islamic manuscripts. In this practical class, participants will learn to prepare materials using traditional methods: to make water colours and gouache paints using natural pigments and to understand how to apply gold leaf. Afterwards the class will be introduced to classic interwoven geometrical motifs, notably those known as Islimi or Rumi. The work produced by each individual will eventually be combined into one single piece of art which can be kept as a unique collective souvenir that might make a special decoration for your workplace upon return. If time allows, there will also be introductions to other Azerbaijani crafts including carpet weaving, traditional scarf making and pottery.