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Rugs are guardians of memory, silent witnesses of the Armenian genocide. Interview by Loukia Richards

 
Published: 20.12.2023
Armenian Kazak double niche Prayer rug, 1912. The Hand (Khamsa), particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye for all peoples of the Middle East, Muslims, Christians and Jews alike. Photo: A. Tavukciyan.
Armenian Kazak double niche Prayer rug, 1912. The Hand (Khamsa), particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye for all peoples of the Middle East, Muslims, Christians and Jews alike. Photo: A. Tavukciyan

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Many beautiful designs of Oriental rugs are reproductions of Christian and Armenian symbols and concepts, says expert and collector Arto Tavukciyan. In an interview with SMCK Magazine, he describes how rugs can reveal the truth about stolen cultural heritage and restore the identity of a nation destroyed by ethnic cleansing.