Where to Find Armenian Rugs Nowadays?
Hmm… of course in Armenia. Armenian rugs can also be found in overseas Armenian carpet shops, galleries and museums. For example, the square tufted ancient carpet (5th to the 3rd century B.C.) that was excavated in the frozen tombs of Siberia is considered to be of Armenian origin and is kept in the Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg.
Hundreds of Armenian carpets are kept in the museums and private collections of different countries of the world. For example, in the Austrian Museum of Art and Industry in Vienna, the University Museum in Amsterdam, the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum in Berlin, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Palace of Fine Arts in Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and etc.
When in one of these museums, you will sure know a rug is Armenian, if you are stroke by combination of vivid colors and use of finest materials. Armenian rugs are famous not only for their beauty and quality, but also for abundant tracery and different types. The most popular types are: vishapagorg (dragon rug), floral and geometric rugs.
Photo by Ani Melikyan
Armenians weave rugs since pre-Christian times to the present. Many observers and historians recognized the vivid beauty of Armenian rugs. It was Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant traveler, who noted that Armenians weave the choicest and most beautiful rugs in the world.
When in Armenia, we recommend visiting Megerian Carpet Museum, where you can see ancient Armenian carpets, exclusive rugs from private collections. Also check out the Armenian Carpets exposition at the History Museum of Armenia. You can also find ancient carpets in carpet shops in Yerevan and in Vernisazh – the renown Yerevan outdoor market.
Ahh… a carpet, weaved in Armenia, is the best souvenir you can bring back. We want to know which type was your choice? Leave a comment for us.