Textiles: Armenia

Testimony and Textiles


This Armenian kilim (flat-woven rug) represents the lost historic homeland in the region of Lake Van, modern-day Turkey. The repetition of the star-and-cross pattern is a symbol of fertility and protection, both common themes in traditional Armenian carpet weaving. Van has a significant place in Armenian mythology and is widely recognized as a birthplace of the Armenian people. In the Visual History Archive, 345 Armenian Genocide survivors speak about Van, their beloved history and lost homeland.

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