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#1 Yervant1

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 03:56 PM

CARPET WEAVING HAS ARMENIAN GENEOLOGY

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 15:59

This hypothesis is getting more supporters in the world

The recent years, more attention has been paid to the old Armenian
traditions of carpet weaving, presenting to the world a branch of the
Armenian culture, to the origins and following development of which
Armenians had considerable contribution.

This goal was pursued also by the international conference 'Armenian
Hub - Traditions of Carpet Weaving Art' held November 20-22 in Armenia,
which was attended also by Director of the Artsakh State Museum of
History and Local Lore, Candidate of Historical Sciences Melanya
BALAYAN. Following is an interview with her.

- Mrs. Balayan, who was the organizer of the conference and what
goals did it pursue?

- The conference was organized by the RA Ministry of Culture; invited
were art critics and carpet weaving masters from Armenia, Artsakh,
Diaspora, and, surely, well-known foreign researchers and culture
critics. The participants discussed a range of issues, the geneology
of Armenian carpets, the place and role of Armenian carpets in the
advanced carpet weaving art, the peculiarities of their illustration
system and the problems of carpets' scientific research, maintenance
and propagation.

- What trends are observed in the world in the issue of
re-acknowledging Armenians as founders of carpet weaving culture,
which has been successfully contested by Turkey and Azerbaijan so far?

- It seemed that they had managed to assume the reputation of being the
founder of the art of carpet weaving. But, thanks to the recent years'
researches, this seemingly established view is being changed. Great
role in this was played byPazirik carpet finding discovered during the
archaeological excavations in 1949 in Altay, which was excavated in
vault 5 of Pazirik Kurgan. The carpet was left in the frozen vault,
thanks to which it was preserved intact. The finding was taken to
the Hermitage Museum, where it was also researched. Scientists have
come to the conclusion that the 200x183 mm carpet belongs to the V-IV
centuries BC - it differs from the local texture with its structure,
art forms, color and technology, it is woven with double loop. All
this has led the scientists to the view that the carpet belongs to
the advanced culture. When it was discovered that the red color of
the carpet fiber was got from the Ararat Valley 'carmine dye', part
of the scientists came to the conclusion that the carpet has Armenian
genealogy. This hypothesis has recently got more supporters.

This view was also expressed by German scientist, art critic Folkmar
Gantshorne. The multi-year researches were reflected in the scientist's
work 'Eastern Christian Carpet - the Outline of Development from the
Origins to the 18th Century', which was published and reproduced
in German, translated into English, French, Italian and already
Armenian. According to F. Gantshorn, the treasury of decorative art
of Eastern carpets makes part of the Armenian unique culture. He
acknowledged that he began to study carpets, believing that they were
of Muslim origin, but when he deepened in these studies, he made sure
that oriental carpets were of Armenian origin.

Let's note that President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan awarded German
scientist Folkmar Gantshorn with Movses Khorenatsi Medal for proper
presenting the Armenian carpet weaving to the world and for his
significant contribution to the issue of promoting the international
recognition of the Armenian carpet art

- How actual was the topic of Artsakh carpet weaving?

- As we know, the Artsakh carpet weaving occupies an important place in
the Armenian carpet weaving culture, and the conference participants
displayed great interest towards the current situation. My speech
'On the issue of studying the Artsakh carpet weaving culture' briefly
presented, in particular, the issue's historiography in the Soviet
period. In particular, it stressed the large part of old carpets
plundered during the 1918-20 Armenian pogroms and massacres committed
by Turks and Azerbaijanis and the Azerbaijani policy in 1960-70 aimed
at collecting in different ways the hand-woven Armenian carpets. It
was stressed that due to the special program, a carpet museum was
created in Baku, thanks to which Azerbaijan is introducing itself to
the world as a nation with ancient carpet weaving culture. I also
emphasized the current trends of returning to the Artsakh carpet
weaving traditions and the authorities' support to the process.

-What collection does the Museum of History and Local Lore have?

- Currently, around 150 carpets are kept in the museum. We know
that there are still some unique, old, and expensive carpets in the
villages, but we cannot obtain them, due to the fund shortage. It
would be very sad, if they are removed from the Republic.

- Recently, much has been spoken about a new building for the
museum. Is there any information in this regard?

- A new building is planned for the museum in 2014. But, proper
implementation of the program is important - in many cases, a building
is provided, which lacks the necessary areas, in particular, stock
and demonstration rooms and others. In this case, we have to be
satisfied with what we have. We have been in similar conditions for
many years. We hope that the new building conditions will satisfy the
requirements of modern museum, which, in turn, will contribute to the
development of tourism, which is the declared policy of theauthorities
in the recent years. We should be able to properly represent the
nation's past and present.

Emma BALAYAN
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Posted 01 February 2014 - 03:57 AM

Gantshorne should be required reading, seriously.  This is one of the best reads I have had.  THere is unfortunately only one copy of the book in town, and I cannot find any in stock anywhere.  Someone should put this thing on the internet in PDF format.  It is a treasure,



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:05 PM

Gantshorne should be required reading, seriously.  This is one of the best reads I have had.  THere is unfortunately only one copy of the book in town, and I cannot find any in stock anywhere.  Someone should put this thing on the internet in PDF format.  It is a treasure,

 

Gantzhorn's "The Christian Oriental Carpet" book is not that highly regarded amongst carpet collectors. The main thing they talk about is how on earth he got such a large and extravagent book financed. The book is regarded and valued mostly because of its many pictures, and not because of the author's opinions. I have a copy. My opinion is that a lot of of his opinions are wrong, and often quite laughable. And the opinions that are not wrong are too contaminated by and mixed in with the nonsense to be influential and game changing. He may have been trying to do to carpets what Strzygowski did to architecture but he does not succeed. There should still be no problem in buying a copy - the reprint is still in print and it is sold on amazon and ebay (the reprint has a different title, "Oriental Carpets", but it is the same book).


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:28 PM

Oh, and carpet collectors are generally not believers in the political propaganda produced about carpets - most would not say that the Pazirik carpet was a nomadic Turkic production, and they just ignore the recent propaganda and invented terminology from Azerbaijan.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 07:01 AM

KARABAKH CARPETS RESTORE THEIR WORLD NAME AND FAME

12:49, 18 February, 2014

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 18, ARMENPRESS: Karabakh Carpet Company carries
out the final works. This week another branch of the company opens
in Chartar Village of Martuni Region. It will be the third after
the branches in Stepanakert and Shushi and will provide with work
about 140 carpet specialists. The Director of the Karabakh Carpet LLC
Sevak Khachatryan told Armenpress that the company intends to expand
its geography and have at least one center in all the regions of
Artsakh. The average salary at the factory is 75,000 drams. Karabakh
Carpet not only solves the most important economic problems with its
activity, but also restores the former name and fame of the Artsakh
carpets and leads a war against the Azerbaijani propaganda.

"The Artsakh carpets have quite a great mission and dictate their
taste in the entire world and have a big demand. They are not new in
the world market and have a history of 1000 years. They just need to
be refreshed and revalued. Here we have political retribution issue
as well. The First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva presents the
Karabakh carpets in the international arena and is proud of them. In
this sense the company took up quite an important mission - to explore
and present the reality to the world", - said Sevak Khachatryan.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 04:39 PM

I have here two Armenian carpets, brought to the US in the Late 1800s by Medz Mayr ou Hayr. Here is a picture of one, the two are almost identical.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 04:47 PM

I have here two Armenian carpets, brought to the US in the Late 1800s by medz Mayr ou Hayr. Here is a picture of one, the two are almost identical. I just noticed, it is upside down. They were never on the floor, but were used to cover the beds. Inside the gold perimeter are khatcher in the pattern.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 04:48 PM

I have here two Armenian carpets, brought to the US in the Late 1800s by Medz Mayr ou Hayr. Here is a picture of one, the two are almost identical. I just noticed it is upside down.


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 04:59 PM

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 12:08 PM

Hovik Hoveyan: We should take back what we have lost (video)
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We have taken belated stapes to popularize our carpet art, says Hovik Hoveyan, Director of Director of Hovhannes Sharambeyan Folk Arts and Crafts Centre.

“Our neighboring country [Turkey] has already appropriated our carpets and presents them to the world as their own,” he said.

The second conference entitled “Armenian Knot: Traditions of Armenian Carpet Weaving Art” was held in Yerevan on Friday, November 25.

Mr. Hoveyan says the primary goal of the conference is ‘to take back what we have lost’ and present the origins and traditions of Armenian carpet-making to the world.

https://youtu.be/2i01x3PReXc

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