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On Friday August 7th Zakian Rugs was the place to be as our very own Bob Zakian, third-generation owner of Zakian Rugs, paid tribute to his family’s heritage and to a piece of Armenian history by unveiling a very special mural honoring the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This mural is renowned artist Kathryn Pannepacker’s interpretation of the Armenian Orphan Rug, which was hand-knotted by more than 400 orphaned Armenian girls and presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925.
How did this all come about? Well, it started when Zakian went to visit the Armenian Orphan Rug, which was on display in Washington D.C., and he ran into his niece. She is the one who actually suggested for him to have a dedication of the rug somewhere apart of his business. So he took some time to think about it and decided not only would it be a great way to honor his family’s heritage, but a great way to improve the community as well.
Then, it just so happened that local artist, Kathryn Pannepacker, worked on a mural as part of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program just a few blocks from Zakian Rugs and he tracked her down to paint the famous rug on front of his building.
Overall, it was a great day for his business, for history, and for the community as there is a change going on. A positive one that hopefully inspires others for the good neighborhood and its members.
At Zakian, we can help you create a beautiful living space with a unique area rug that compliments your taste and room decor. And if you already own oriental rugs we can help them looking and feeling new with our Oriental rug cleaning and repair center. After all, we know carpets. We have been cleaning and selling Oriental rugs and area rugs since 1923. Contact us today and we can show you the difference Zakian can make! Providing Oriental rug cleaning in Main Line Philadelphia, Wayne, and surrounding areas!