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About Us

The Armenian Rugs Society, a non-profit organization  founded in Washington D.C. in 1980, is dedicated to the identification, preservation and dissemination of knowledge of Armenian rugs.

In pursuit of this mission, the Armenian Rugs Society has held symposiums and exhibitions in numerous venues including New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Memphis, Ft. Worth, Fresno, San Francisco, Boston, Worcester, Montreal, London and Geneva.

To support these efforts, we maintain a data bank of hand knotted oriental rugs, carpets, kilims, bags and trappings bearing inscriptions woven in the Armenian alphabet.

All who share an interest in these endeavors are warmly invited to join our membership. We would also  encourage those among you  who own hand wovern rugs with Armenian inscriptions to contribute their photos to our data bank.



Vice President


Joseph Bezdjian
 Levon DerBedrossian
 Lorraine Amirian Parker

Board of Directors: Garbis & Silva Baghdassarian, Joseph & Araxi Bezdjian, Levon DerBedrossian, Hratch Kozibeyokian,  Lorraine Amirian Parker, Joan Quinn.

Advisory Board: Murray L.Eiland, Jr., John Sommer
Harold Bedoukian, Janice Summers, Bob Bruner,  Lucy Der Manuelian,

Legal Advisor: Leon Alexander