Armenian Rugs ― Dates & Inscriptions
In many cases the dates shown on Armenian Rugs are followed by the Armenian letter TIV) or by the word or (AMI). AMI is often represented by the monogram.
A date followed by TIV may be translated as “on the date ― “ while a date followed by AMI may be translated as “in that year ―.”
Another common form is the letter (I) or the letters (IN). This is an ordinal form, e.g. transforming ‘20’ into ‘20th.’ Most dates are written clearly, even where the accompanying inscription is garbled.
―Arthur T. Gregorian*
For an example of TIV see the Rug of the Month April 05
For an example of AMI see the Rug of the Month September 07