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Rare Armenian rug woven in Agra, India inscribed and dated 1930. The inscription reads: "1930.ԹԳՈՐՁԵՑ․Ա․ԵՂՒՅԱՆ․ "1930.T Gordzets A. Yeghian” The T after 1930 stands for Tvakan (date). "Gordzets" means wove. ie. woven by A. Yeghian". Also includes numerous Armenian initials throughout the rug. 5'5" x 2'10.5"

Akbar (1556–1605), the Mughal emperor, invited Armenians to settle in Agra in the 16th century, and by the middle of the 19th century, Agra had a sizeable Armenian population. By an imperial decree, Armenian merchants were exempted from paying taxes on the merchandise imported and exported by them, and they were also allowed to move around in the areas of the Mughal Empire where entry of foreigners was otherwise prohibited. However, for the Armenians, who were recognized by the emperors for their innovative skills, earned their exceptional status in India. In 1562, an Armenian Church was constructed in Agra.

Agra Armenian rug (1930)