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riginally from Armenia, the Megerian family has been

involved in the buying, selling, cleaning and repairing of fine hand-made rugs and tapestries in the United States for four generations. Upon arrival in America in 1917, the Megerians opened their first store in Manhasset, New York.

“The Armenians and Greeks... weave the choicest and most beautiful carpets in the world” —Marco Polo Naturally dyed yarns of the Armenian weavers will age with a “Timeless” beauty, creating a treasure for generations to come.

he Megerian enterprise in America initially focused on selling new and antique rugs. However, the opportunity to apply their extensive skills presented itself often, and the Megerians quickly gained a reputation in America as artisans accomplished in cleaning and repair of antique rugs. More and more, the Megerians found themselves applying their thorough understanding of wool characteristics, natural dyes, and Old World knotting techniques to their customers’ existing antique Persians, Aubussons, Savonneries, and Oriental rugs. As time passed, the Megerians expanded their business to meet the growing demand for fine rugs by acquiring antique rugs in need of repair, and selling them completely restored. Often though, customers would express their wishes for subtle design changes. Building on their tradition of excellence, the Megerians took their knowledge and well-honed skills) to the loom and began creating their own decorative rugs. Very

soon, they were meeting their customers’ needs by delicately modifying the original antique designs in their own reproductions of superb quality. Today, the Megerians continue to apply their unparalleled skill in the creatin of rugs and tapestries of uncompromising artistry and workmanship. Each signed piece represents a rare combination of Old World craftsmanship and the design aesthetics of today’s most discerning clientele, and every Megerian design is copyrighted to ensure its individuality. Each work is a product of the integrity of the Megerian touch, from the discriminating selection of original materials and dyes, the painstaking attention to knotting technique, to the complete and thorough final inspection in creating a future antique. Of course the Megerians also continue to trade in the world’s finest antique rugs and tapestries, and draw inspiration for their own decorative designs from the classic beauty of the originals.

The Megerians take pride in not only the quality of their products, but in the beauty of their designs, and enjoy being able to share their unique vision with the educated consumer. Experience the breathtaking beauty of a Megerian rug yourself. You may see one first-hand in locations throughout the United States and Europe, only at Megerian’s exclusive dealers. Armenians are one of the most ancient peoples of the world. Armenian artisanship, especially rug weaving, dates back thousands of years and has been passed down through generations. Notably, rug weaving became a profitable and popular enterprise within Armenia that brought world-wide fame to the Armenian rug-making art, and remains popular in the world market to this day. From ancient times, carpets and rugs have been regarded as a vital necessity in domestic life. During the Soviet era, carpet-weaving was centralized under the name of Hay Gorg (today’s Megerian Rugs). This entity owned all means of

Oriental rug production. However, after the disintegration of the U.S.S.R., lack of managerial skills and raw materials brought rug production to a standstill. Most of the weaving centers throughout the country became idle, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs. However, the rug business in the Republic of Armenia is now experiencing a renaissance. The Megerian family of New York led the change in bolstering the traditional Armenian creativity and rebuilding the industrial infrastructure. Megerian Rugs currently owns and operates twenty two rug weaving facilities within Armenia and employs thousands of employees. In addition to its 5th Avenue location in New York City, Megerian Rugs also has elegant spacious showrooms in various countries worldwide, including Switzerland, Italy, France, and Germany. The Megerians have been well known for their expertise in antique and decorative rug reproductions, and their name has become synonymous with quality and excellence. The Megerians have success-

fully implemented 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. In addition to traditional Caucasian patterns, the Megerians have expanded the rug production in Armenia, with new designs consisting of Mahals, Karabaghs, Lottos, and modern designs. The highly decorative Mahals are exquisite reproductions of antique Persian carpets. The Karabagh designs bear the interpretation of European floral motifs and are inspired by the original Karabagh rugs woven by Armenians in the late 19th century. Lotto patterns are derived from the artworks of the famous Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto. They are characterized by an arrangement of angular arabesques, and their bold and sophisticated designs give them a modern feel. The contemporary designs are a wonderful mix of abstract patterns, which add yet another dimension to the expertise

of the Armenian rug weavers. Undoubtedly, the Armenian people have played an important role in the creation, development, and perfection of rug making. They have been known for their mastery of color combination, finesse of texture, and versatility of design as far back as the Middle Ages. Today, Megerian Rugs is the proud bearer of the centuries-old traditions of the Armenian rug making artistry. Megerian specializes in transforming raw indigenous materials from Armenia into stunning, sumptuous handmade rugs. No detail is too small to not warrant the careful attention of our artisans. Sheep are shorn only when weather conditions are favorable in order to ensure a healthy herd. The shorn wool coat is called a fleece and must be cleaned and degreased before it can be processed into wool yarn. Megerian makes sure the fleece is washed several times so that the final product is of the highest possible quality. Once the fleece is dried it is sent to the spinning department. Pass-

ing through one part of the spinning department to the other, one can see the transformation of fleece into yarn. Finishing the yarn includes “setting the twist” which allows the fibers to open up and fluff out. Since yarn is the foundation of every carpet, our craftsmen make sure each step of the process is executed to the highest possible standards. The yarn then goes through the dyeing process. The company implements two methods of dyeing, using natural organic dyes and special synthetic dyes. Most of the natural dyes are derived from flowers, roots and plants from the Armenian Highlands. Throughout many centuries the Armenians had special techniques for producing natural colors that would distinguish their carpets from others produced elsewhere in the world. The Armenian city of Artashat was famous for its “ordan” dye, and was referred to as “the city of the color red” by the Arab historian Yaqut. Megerian discovered and revived the secret technique of making natural colors that were almost forgotten. The finished carpets stand out in the world market by their exceptionally vivid colors. Reds made from the root of the Taron flower are vibrant and intense. Yellow from the Antaram flower is both subtle with an incredible depth of

saturation. Specific tints of green, brown, and numerous other colors each have their own unique characteristic. The dyeing masters with decades of experience check that the dyes are fast and long lasting. This ensures that the carpets will last a lifetime and should not alter due to exposure to light, temperature, and other conditions. Talented young designers and painters painstakingly develop new designs and patterns in the art department of Megerian. Our artists are inspired by traditional Armenian carpet design but also have a contemporary sensibility. The process of caring for the carpet is not yet finished when it is taken off the loom. The rug is washed three to four times the old fashioned way. After the carpet is dry from its final wash it is again laid out on an examination table and given a final check by the weaving Masters. Megerian has elegant spacious showrooms in Yerevan that are open to the public. A large variety of Megerian rugs are on display, and visitors are welcome to examine the careful detail and painstaking attention that is given to each carpet. Of course, warm Armenian hospitality is part of our tradition.

The highly decorative

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Mahals are exquisite reproductions of antique Persian carpets. These rugs convey visual richness with strong floral designs and graceful detail. The intricately bordered, symmetrical designs are both orderly and free-spirited.

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t Megerian, each rug produced is signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This signature consists of the company name on a background of Armenia’s flag colors. Woven into each rug, this signature not only identifies the country of origin, but also serves as an authentication of the Megerian brand. Since 1917, the Megerians have been known for their expertise in decorative rug reproductions, and this signature guarantees an original Megerian piece.

With over twenty rug weaving facilities and thousands of employees, Megerian Rugs

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stands alone as the only major rug manufacturer within Armenia. Revitalizing the handmade rug production industry while preserving the Armenian heritage, Megerian has been recognized by the Armenian government as a major contributor to Armenian culture and economy. On December 13th, 2007, Raffi Megerian, president of Megerian rugs, was awarded with the Gold Medal of Honor by the President of Parliament of Armenia for his efforts to revive the classical tradition of rug weaving. The Armenian government is also seeking to work with the Megerians in an effort to brand and conserve Armenia’s history of weaving. By collaborating and organizing rug exhibitions that would document the historical significance of rug weaving in Armenia, they hope to preserve Armenian tradition and national identity.

As a leader in the carpet and rug industry, Megerian holds a

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position of social and environmental responsibility. Upholding humanitarian policies, sustaining jobs, and preserving the environment have been important aspects of the Megerian family’s role in Armenia. Megerian’s socially conscious objectives include providing scholarships for the children of their employees, offering monthly bonuses and health care, as well as working with orphanages. The conditions at their rug-weaving facilities are at a level comparable to American standards, with safe and healthy working conditions, and only organic materials used in the production of the rugs. Megerian considers the social and environmental implications of all their decisions and employs responsible solutions that support the well-being of their employees, the community, and the environment.

Lotto patterns are

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derived from the artworks of the famous Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto. They are characterized by an arrangement of angular arabesques, bright primary colors, and elaborate medallion patterns. With their saturated colors and geometric motifs, Lottos feature a bold and sophisticated design, giving them an almost modern feel.

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John, this one your Dad didn’t like, very hard for the camera to hold consistent tonality in this one it needs to be reshot, plus it has no fringe

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traditional handmade quality, Armenian contemporary area rugs breathe new life into modern interiors. Using traditional weaving techniques, Armenian craftsmen have embraced modern designs and bold color to create carpets of timeless beauty and modern artistry. With a wonderful mix of abstract patterns and rich dyes, these contemporary rugs enhance any décor.

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Armenian weavers over

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hundreds of years have passed down and continued the tradition of the classic “Karabagh” weaving. Karabagh designs bear the interpretation of European floral motifs and are inspired by the original Karabagh rugs woven by Armenians in the late 19th century.

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