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Whatchamacallit 102: Armenian Alphabet Tapestry

Armenian Alphabet Tapestry

My vacation to Armenia in 2006 was, for me, transformative in many ways.

It was not an easy vacation – I did not (and still do not) speak Armenian or Russian. I also could not read the signs – the Armenian alphabet is unique and hard to puzzle out.

While there, I picked up a small tapestry of the Armenian alphabet – similar to this one. I bought it as a present for one of my siblings, promptly giving it away on my next trip to the States.

That was a decision I regretted: I thought about it quite regularly and wished I had it with me in Germany.

So I asked my Armenian friend to pick one up for me the next time he was in Armenia – he brought me two – this is the smaller (but not by much) of the two.

Seeing it reminds me of visiting the park with monuments to each letter of the Armenian alphabet, somewhere north of Yerevan. It also reminds me of the amazing experiences I had in the country – the amazing people I met, the incredible food I ate, and the challenges of traveling around the country.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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