Armenian Rugs from the Gregorian Collection

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color, by Arthur T. Gregorian and Joyce Gregorian Hampshire

The point is sometimes missed that most Armenians in the Near East were not wealthy merchants, but peasants who lived in rural villages. Many of the rugs they wove, as in rugs from Persia, bear inscriptions in their native language that show free self-expression and creativity. It is these rugs, inscribed with messages, dates and signatures that are beautifully photographed and described in this collaborated book by Arthur Gregorian and his daughter Joyce Gregorian.