San Francisco to Host Armenian Rug Show

Over 100 ancient rugs centerpiece of three day symposium featuring international speakers

SAN FRANCISCO–A textile art exhibit–"Passages – Celebrating Rites of Passage in Inscribed Armenian Rugs" opens in San Francisco on July 16 and will run through August 18. Over 114 inscribed rugs from Armenian weavers will be on display at the Herbst International Exhibition Hall at the Presidio in San Francisco.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Armenian Rug Society in consultation with the Bay Area Rug Society and is being held in conjunction with a three-day symposium on July 19-21. Esteemed Oriental rug expert–Dr. Murray Eiland–Jr.–and James Keshishian–President of the Armenian Rugs Society will chair the symposium. Lectures feature renowned Armenian author and anthropologist Dr. Levon Abrahamian and others. Distinguished American poet and author Peter Balajian (Black Dog of Fate) will make a special appearance to read his point "The Oriental Rug."

This exciting exhibition traces the history of Armenian weavers as they lived in the Near East–Middle East or Europe. This selective display of rugs will demonstrate the vibrant and rich artistic and cultural heritage of the Armenian people. The rugs offer a powerful insight to the symbols of Armenian identity and the weavers who have inhabited remote villages–towns and cities in the Caucasus–Anatolia–and northwestern Iran for 3,000 years. These awe-inspiring carpets reflect the richness of everyday ancient life and nature and honor the rituals such as weddings–births–and funerals for which they were created.

A volunteer committee has worked for approximately one year to secure the venue and rugs and raise monies to produce the event. A visually stunning catalogue of the exhibition is being produced and will be offered at the exhibit for sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the ethnographic and folk art museums in Armenia.

Further information is available by contacting Levon Der Bedrossian at (415) 921-7854–Joe Bezdjian at (650) 343-0929 or Denise LaPointe at (415) 665-4346.

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