The winner of the competition to design sketches and a model for a trophy for Eurasia Academy, held from June 1st to September 15th, 2013, was Afag Karimova. A. Karimova began her work as a textile artist (concentrating on carpet making) in 1985. She worked as a Senior Designer at Azerkhalcha until 1995, then as a Senior Designer and Division Manager at the ANAS Literature Museum named after Nizami Ganjavi until 2004. More than 50 of her works are displayed in museums, both in Azerbaijan and abroad in countries such as the USA, France, Turkey, Spain, and in private collections.
She has been a member of the Azerbaijan Artists’ Union since 1997. She is currently working as an instructor and as the Director of the Carpet Museum at Khazar University.
The Eurasian Legend is the symbolic name of an award in the form of a trophy that was custom-made to be given to the members of Eurasian Academy, starting with its five founders. It was prepared in Shanghai based on the plans of well-known artist and carpet-maker Afag Karimova, who designed the trophy according to the recommendations of founder Hamlet Isaxanli. The trophy includes symbols of knowledge, culture, science, and wisdom as well as modern attributes. It consists of two sections: a clear crystal decorative vase and a gold-colored metal topper reflecting numerous symbols.
It is shaped symmetrically with a height of 38 cm, a width (diameter) of 8 cm in the vase and 12 cm at the top. The topper is shaped like an artist’s palette, on top of which semi-precious stones of different colors have been affixed in order to represent squeezed-out oil paints as a symbol of fine arts. On top, it includes symbols of science and education such as an opened, winged book and a harp-like stringed musical instrument. Each element is made of stylized national symbols. The inside of the vase is a functional hourglass. There are “buta” (teardrop/paisley) figures on the upper and lower parts of the crystal vase to represent the temporal nature and repetition of eternity.