Armenian Carpet Weaving
Armenian carpet weaving has been practiced since the 5th century in both homes and commercial enterprises. Political and cultural shifts like the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923) have affected the Armenian tradition. During that time, the Ottoman Empire systematically killed 1.5 million Armenians. As Armenians fled the danger, they created diaspora communities around the world, including in Utah.
Diane learned carpet weaving as she assisted her grandfather and father at the annual Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City.
The design is based on a family pattern, passed down from Zadik Aposhian, who immigrated to Utah from Turkey in 1909.
Diane’s father, George, altered the pattern to include a pink pomegranate motif along the border. Diane further modified the pattern so that the pomegranate motif appears in each corner. The other floral elements symbolize the Aposhian family’s heritage as gardeners and orchard keepers.
Diane made this carpet “in tribute to these three men who were each models of reverence for tradition balanced with creative innovation.” Diane continues to weave on a loom that her father made. She is now teaching her granddaughter, Julia Moffat, the traditional techniques.