The Armenian Rugs Society is fast approaching its 40th anniversary of existence, continuing its mission to support, nurture, and cultivate Armenian woven arts culture among academics, artisans, and interested individuals throughout communities in the Diaspora and in the Homeland.
This holiday season we give great thanks to our members, supporters, and donors, as well as our whole community for their participation in the Society's activities and urge them to continue to support the Society's work with their generous donations and precious time.
This year, following last year's monumental events and amazing work at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Armenian Rugs Society continued its work in the greater Los Angeles area with a three-part lecture series presented by renowned carpet expert and President of the Armenian Rugs Society Board of Directors, Hratch Kozibeyokian.
The Sunland-Tujunga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library played host to the lectures which took place once a month at the Library during April, May, and June 2019, in tandem with an on-going exhibition of Armenian rugs, textiles and artifacts provided by Mr. Kozibeyokian.
The Society also participated in the second annual GiniFest, Armenian Wine & Spirits Festival, which took place on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale, CA.
Hratch Kozibeyokian and his wife Mira, on behalf of the Armenian Rugs Society, outdid themselves this year by adorning both the interior and the exterior of the venue with Armenian rugs and woven arts awash in stunning colors, as well as providing a well-spring of knowledge to attendees.
The Armenian Antiques Road Show, pioneered and organized by the Armenian Numismatic and Antiquities Society, under the auspices of the Hamazkayin Cultural Association and in support of the forthcoming Armenian American Museum project, was a new and welcome addition to the Armenian Rugs Society's annual activities.
Armenian Rugs Society Board of Directors President, Hratch Kozibeyokian participated in the event with an array of Armenian woven arts artifacts and carpets. He was also one of the learned speakers at the event presenting a lecture entitled, "A Brief History of Armenian Carpets and the Woven Arts."
It has been a fruitful year in so many ways for the Society, however we are in dire need of financial and in kind support to continue extolling the virtues of and engendering Armenian woven textile arts culture throughout the Homeland and Diaspora.
Now more than ever, Armenians and supporters of the arts in general, must rally to address and challenge a new and nefarious wave of attacks unleashed by the Republics of Turkey and Azerbaijan in their attempts to appropriate Armenian woven arts culture as their own and, in so doing, rewrite the historical record of global indigenous arts and culture.
With your help, the Armenian Rugs Society can continue promoting Armenian woven arts culture and its production in Armenia and around the world.
We've come a long way, but we have a challenging road ahead...
Together we can work wonders...