Ancient Wine

Since ancient times Armenia was famous for wine-making and the original traditions were kept until this day. It is possible to learn about winemaking in Armenia from works of Greek historians Herodotus, Strabo and Xenophon. In 401–400 BC, when the Greek armies were passing through the country Nairi (one of the most ancient names of…

Oldest Shoe

The oldest shoe dating back 5,500 years was found in 2008 in excellent condition in the Areni-1 cave of the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia. It is a one-piece leather-hide shoe, the oldest piece of leather footwear in the world known to contemporary researchers. The discovery was made by an international team led by Boris…

Armenian Carpets

Carpeting is an ancient type of decorative art in Armenia. Besides their aesthetic value, carpets also indicate material wealth and used to have a huge functional importance in historic Armenia. The geometric patterns of the Armenian carpets are not just for aesthetic purposes for they have a deeper meaning if you study the history of…

Khachkar (Cross-stone)

The Khackkar is an outstanding characteristic of Medieval Christian art of Armenia. It’s a carved memorial stone having a cross as a central motif, as well as rosettes, interlaces and a wheel of Eternity depending on the meaning behind. Khachkars can also have various shapes and be freestanding or built into monastery walls as donations…

Cognac

The name of guild merchant Nerses Tairyan is strongly associated with the history of brandy making in Armenia which begins in 1899, when he found a winery inside the former fortress of Yerevan and started distilling brandy spirit with classical French technology. Later a famous Russian company ”N.L. Shustov and sons” purchased the Yerevan Brandy…

Lavash

Armenian flatbread lavash together with khachkars or cross stones, the music of the duduk and the national epos ‘’David of Sassoun’’has been included in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in. Throughout the ages, Lavash played an important role in the Armenian cuisine and even acquired the sacramental meaning, symbolizing life and wisdom.…