• Handwoven Armenian Rugs Created During Armenian Genocide on Display at HMTC

    One of the many highlights of “We Remember… We Recognize,” the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide is the special exhibit, “The Scenes of Horror.”

    rug 2Megerian Rugs has generously loaned HMTC several Armenian rugs, created during the time period of the Armenian Genocide, for display as part of the special exhibit. The rugs are spectacular works of art  and include one handwoven by a family in Armenia around 1915 that tells the story of the Genocide.

    Megerian Logo

    Originally from Armenia, the Megerian family has been involved in buying, selling, cleaning and repairing of fine hand-made rugs and tapestries in the United States for four generations. When the family arrived in the U.S. in 1917, they opened their first store in Manhasset, NY. Currently, Megerian Rugs has a showroom in Manhattan, as well as in Zurich, Switzerland and Yerevan, Armenia; a rug cleaning facility in Brooklyn; and numerous factories throughout the world, including 22 in Armenia, where their rugs created by artisans using Old World craftsmanship and design.

    Rug weaving in Armenia is a tradition that dates back thousands of years and has been passed down through generations. The same techniques used to create the rugs that will be on display in the exhibit at HMTC are still used by Megerian Rugs to create rugs in Armenia today. The Megerians use natural methods of dyeing yarn in Armenia, with most natural dyes being derived from flowers, roots and plants of the Armenian Highlands, as was done thousands of years ago. Looms and Old World knotting techniques are still used, with Megarian craftsmen ensuring that each step of the process of creating a rug is executed to the highest possible standards.

    Megerian Ellis Island Award

    In 2007, Raffi Megerian, president of Megerian Rugs, was awarded a Gold Medal of Honor by the President of the Parliament of Armenia for his efforts to revive the classical tradition of rug weaving. In 2014, he was awarded an Ellis Island Medal of Honor which is presented to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life.

    To see the rugs generously lend to HMTC for the special exhibit, visit HMTC during museum hours. For hours and other information about HMTC visit www.hmtcli.org. For more information about Megerian Rugs, please visit www.megerianrugs.com.


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