Armenian Origins of the Oriental Carpet

The oriental carpet is neither of nomadic origin, nor does its origin lie in central Asia; it is the product of ancient oriental civilizations in the Armenian uplands at the crossroads of the oldest trade routes between west, north and south. Dr. Volmar Gantzhorn, an art historian, is one of the many experts who believes the oriental carpet is of Armenian origin. Dr. Gantzhorn also condemned the perception that the oriental carpet was merely a floor covering to be walked on to the point of being worn out. He said the carpets are cult objects in Armenian churches, along with other textiles.

The oriental carpet is neither of nomadic origin, nor does its origin lie in central Asia; it is the product of ancient oriental civilizations in the Armenian uplands at the crossroads of the oldest trade routes between west, north and south. Dr. Volmar Gantzhorn, an art historian, is one of the many experts who believes the oriental carpet is of Armenian origin. Dr. Gantzhorn also condemned the perception that the oriental carpet was merely a floor covering to be walked on to the point of being worn out. He said the carpets are cult objects in Armenian churches, along with other textiles.

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