Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater

Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater

Behind a screen, puppets mounted on long, slim sticks dance and sway, twirling, backlit so that only their dark shadows appear, while puppeteers called Karagyoz players sing, provide sound effects and create voices for the characters. An interpreter translates, telling in English the Armenian stories like a libretto for an opera, so the audience will […]

The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug

Twin sisters Sahkanush and Haykanush Stepanyan learned rugmaking while still teenagers at a craft center in Gyumri, Armenia’s second-largest city. Today at 23, they work for Tufenkian, a company that specializes in carpets made of hand-carded, -spun, -dyed, and -knotted wool. Under a hot July sun on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., they are […]

Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian PM resigns after days of protests

Serzh Sargsyan: Armenian PM resigns after days of protests

Media playback is unsupported on your device Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has resigned after days of large-scale street protests against him. Opposition supporters accused Mr Sargsyan of clinging to power after he was appointed prime minister last Tuesday, soon after finishing two five-year terms as president. “The street movement is against my tenure. I […]

How Mobile Wine-Tasting Rooms Could Revolutionize Armenian Wine Country

How Mobile Wine-Tasting Rooms Could Revolutionize Armenian Wine Country

Imagine sitting in a 6,100-year-old mountain vineyard in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor province, sipping a glass of red wine with subtle hints of juniper. Nearby is a plate of cheese made from the milk of a bezoar goat, drizzled with local honey and paired with perfectly ripe apricots, while the man beside your table—the one who’s […]