Established in 1606 and designated as the Armenian quarter of Isfahan in central Iran, New Julfa was named after Julfa (also called Jugha) in Nakhichavan after Shah Abbas settled over 150,000 Armenians from the original city to what was then the Persian Empire.
Called the hub of "one of the greatest trade networks of the early modern era" Armenian merchants controlled the silk trade from New Julfa, exporting silk to Europe, China, and America. This forever changed the global market as the cross-cultural link between the East and West.
Though the population has significantly dwindled, New Julfa remains and is remembered as one of the most significant Armenian quarters in the world, with the 17th century Holy Savior Cathedral church still in use today.
Lada is the oldest car brand of the former Soviet Union, which was launched in 1966, belonging to the Russian automaker AvtoVAZ. The most remarkable features of these cars were their low consumption, purchase cost and long life.
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An homage to the historical homeland of Armenians (now present-day Eastern Turkey) where many were involved in trade, commerce, agriculture and the arts. The Armenian Genocide of 1915 led to the annihilation of the population in the area, seizure of all properties belonging to Armenians and destroyed the region as a cultural center for its inhabitants. After the genocide, survivors from the region were dispersed across the world, becoming part of the global Armenian diaspora. The Western Armenian dialect - spoken for millennia - is now considered an endangered language by UNESCO.
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Watercolor print - Water-based printing features inks that are soft, breathable and able to soak into the fabric of the garment, rather than sitting on top, making for an extra soft, no-feel print.
The King of Iranian Pop, Iranian-Armenian musician and singer Vigen Derderian was raised in the city of Tabriz, buying his first guitar from a Russian soldier and going on to revolutionize the Iranian music scene.
Frequently compared to Elvis Presley, Vigen released hundreds of songs that became instant hits on Iranian radio - from pop songs to ballads - solidifying his place as Iran's first male pop star. He sang in both Persian and Armenian, dueted with popular female singers and even appeared in six films. Vigen left Iran before the 1979 Revolution and settled in California, but his timeless music still captures the hearts of Iranian and Iranian-Armenian diaspora across the world.
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Founded in 1886, Anatolia College was an American co-ed institution located in the town of Marsovan in the Ottoman Empire primarily for Armenian and Greek students. It played an important role in educating students in Greek and Armenian language, who had abandoned their native tongues due to centuries of Ottoman rule. As the colleges reputation grew, students came from as far away as Athens, Persia and Egypt to study there. But by 1915, Turkish authorities demanded deportation of all Armenian students and teachers. In a New York Times article written in 1917 George E. White, the then college president recalled how over 1200 college members were slain. The college relocated to Greece after authorities closed it, where it is still open today and has strong ties to both Armenian and Greek communities. Its existence is a testament to the legacy of often forgotten minority populations in the OttomanEmpire.
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