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19th C Armenian Sevan rug with incredible power and presence. Minimalist main field features a huge crucifix offset by a colorful and intricate border. 7' 7" x 4' 10" (232 cm x 147 cm)

This rug mimics the floor plan of the 7th C Aruch Cathedral, a domed hall single-nave basilica type structure which is based on a cruciform design. According to wall inscriptions on the east wall and manuscripts, the Aruch Cathedral and the adjoining building for residence (the palace) were commissioned by Prince Grigor Mamikonian and his wife Heghine/Heline between 661-682 AD. Architecturally it is one of the most important Armenian churches of the Middle Ages and also one of the largest.

The connection between Armenian Church floor plans and rugs was covered in Hali. Vol 1, No.1, 1981

Monumental Antique Armenian rug