A Traveler’s Tale: Baku, Azerbaijan and the Shores of the Caspian Sea

A Traveler’s Tale: Baku, Azerbaijan and the Shores of the Caspian Sea

MIR’s Jake Smith recently traveled through Azerbaijan and its highlight, Baku. In his tour diary and photo gallery, discover his favorite finds in this historic city that features both old town charm and modern marvels. Read More


The Magic of Making Carpets: Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus

The Magic of Making Carpets: Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus

The art of making carpets – it’s almost magical. Iran, Turkey, Central Asia and the South Caucasus all lay claim to carpets woven a thousand years ago. Even today you can see those same traditional designs woven in ways that were used back in ancient times. Read More