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I have added internal links from other articles and deleted the category of an orphan article. I did not do it before, because the article is not finished yet. I shall add more material here.--Zara-arush (talk) 11:19, 13 April 2010 (UTC)
I am very thankful to the user, who added the info. As soon as I have enough time, I will continue with the article, --Zara-arush (talk) 22:33, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Book "Oriental Carpets" by Volkmar Gantzhorn and Armenian Origins
I think this article can benefit from reorganization and improvement. I will do this as time permits.
Also, I am glad to see in the references section the book "Oriental Carpets" by Volkmar Gantzhorn. I have this book in my library,
as well as some other books on rugs, and I would like to submit, this book is, perhaps,
the single most important work on the art of carpets and rug weaving, not only for Armenian, but all historical rugs.
For those that are not in possession of this book, the basic message is that, history has underestimated the Armenian contribution
to the art of rug weaving - and underestimated in this case is an understatement. Gantzhorn shows us for example that, before the
Armenian Genocide, many, many, perhaps most, of "Oriental" or "Caucasian" or "Turkish" rugs were woven by Armenians, a tradition
dating back at least 25 centuries unaltered - until the Armenian Genocide.
In essence the inventors of rugs and carpets were the Armenians, and what has traditionally been thought of as "Islamic art" is in
fact Christian art, by way of Armenians. The Armenians even wove rugs for mosques with Islamic inscriptions and subsequent rug
historians easily made the incorrect assumptions that these were woven by Muslims, and that rug weaving came from Central Asia.
Gantzhorn effectively shows that rug weaving started as an Armenian art, not Islamic, nor central Asian. Needless to say, this book
is not just a casual book, but an incredibly researched and scholarly work and reading through it, this book will promptly grab you
as a work of the highest caliber.
My contributions here will mainly be from information from this book, and I will carefully try to work around other information. Thinkfood (talk) 05:37, 14 September 2011 (UTC)