Beautiful grouped together or alone.
History on your sofa... On our recent travels to Armenia and Georgia, we found and fell in love with beautiful Kilim Rugs. Not only for the beauty but for the preserved history of a race of people who lost so much and have struggled to hold on to their historical roots. The pillows we have here were handpicked by us while traveling. The ones we choose are from Western Armenia now Turkey and over 100 years old. They traveled back with us home to America. We took great pains to think of how to stuff these pillows. We felt good about the way they hitched a ride over - cutting down on carbon footprint by not having them shipped. We wanted to use a recycled plastic bottle pillow fill but the only ones we could find came from Kentucky - this would mean shipping them all the way to California. We realized we would need to ship them to our customer once but shipping them twice didn't make sense. We opted for made in America poly-fill because we could get them local and two wrongs don't make a right but three wrongs make a wrong for sure. We believe in preserving beautiful craftsmanship and artistry. We believe in preserving a rich history and keeping those textiles alive and loved in our homes and in our hearts.
Here is a little history lesson from our friends at Wikipedia:
The period of the Armenian Genocide from 1894-1923 saw a demographic change in the hitherto Armenian tradition of rug and carpet making in Anatolia (Western Armenia as well as Turkey). Even though carpets from this region had established the commercial name of "Turkish Carpet" there is evidence to suggest that the majority of weavers in the Ottoman Empire were Armenians. However, after 1923, carpet making in the newly established Turkish republic was erroneously declared a "historically Turkish craft" as is claimed, for example, by the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum where many Armenian carpets are depicted as "Turkish or Islamic art".
During the Genocide, in addition to the catastrophic loss of many expert carpet weavers, thousands of Armenian children were also orphaned and the Near East Relief saved many of these children, some of whom ended up in the northern part of Beirut, where a rug factory would be established under the guidance of Dr. Jacob Kuenzler, a Swiss missionary. This factory was established for the purpose of teaching young orphans (mainly girls) rug weaving, so that they may go on making a living later on in their adult lives. Thus for a brief period, "orphan-rugs" were created in this factory, the most famous of which was gifted to the White House in 1925, as a gesture of gratitude and goodwill towards the American people by the orphans. Known as the Armenian Orphan Rug, the rug depicts a Biblical Garden of Eden featuring various animals and symbols and measuring 12 feet by 18 feet with 4 million knots. This rug is said to have been made by 400 orphans over a period of 18 months from 1924-1925.
Now isn't that a cool history? We thought so. Not returnable - because they've been through enough. Let them retire with you and yours.