A carpet

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    A carpet, 2013
    Part 5 of The Lebanese Rocket Society, A tribute to dreamers
    Hand made rug, 550cm x 280 cm or 275cm x 140 cm
    Co-produced by Marseille Provence
  • During the 1920s, young Armenian girls, most of whom were survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, produced magnificent carpets at an orphanage workshop in Lebanon. One of the largest carpets woven was offered to the White House as a token of gratitude for American support of their workshop. Produced by more than 400 girls over 18 months, the carpet measured 5.5 by 3 meters in size. After initially being displayed in the White House, the carpet is now, for various reasons, rarely shown; few people are aware of its existence.

    Woven in Armenia, as a tribute to those orphans and to their descendants (many of whom participated in the adventure of the Lebanese space race) A Carpet bears the image of the Cedar IV Rocket stamp issued in 1964 in celebration of the space program. It is an evocation of these two stories, establishing a link between the generations. It recalls the will to persist, aspire and dream, a hymn to life in spite of everything, a token of gratitude.

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