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Palazzo Falson has an impressive collection of over eighty Oriental rugs, twenty-one of which are from Azerbaijan. Historical sources claim that Azerbaijan was one of the most important centres of flat-woven or pile carpets in the East in the Middle Ages. Rugs were made to satisfy both the utilitarian and aesthetic needs, and in Azerbaijan the rugs were woven by women, with methods that were passed on from one generation to the next. Rugs would also form part of a girl’s dowry, which she had to help weave.