Suraya is a joy to work with. She was one of our first weavers in her village, Kosalar. She is the epitome of hospitality. She loves to have guests, especially from different nations. In contrast to the tea that Azerbaijanis typically serve guests, Suraya always prepares a pot of sweet, thick coffee. Many of her international guests have proclaimed that it is the best they have ever tasted.
While Suraya’s family is originally from Kosalar, an entirely tea-drinking Azerbaijaini village, she grew up in nearby Bolisini, a predominately Georgian town. Suraya picked up various Georgian culinary traditions there, including brewing coffee and making Georgian-style cheeses.
Despite her Georgian childhood surroundings, Suraya still learned Azerbaijani traditions at home. She and her three sisters learned to weave carpets from their mom, and she has continued to carry on the tradition until the present. She both enjoys the activity of rug weaving, and the craft helps supplement her family’s income.
Suraya was engaged at 17 years of age and married her husband, Javanshir, three years later. Of her six children, all of whom are married, four continue to live in her village, while two left the country to find work. At just 63-years-old, Suraya already has fourteen grandkids and two great-grandchildren (so far).