Apricot flowers…Ancestral tree Golden Apples of the Sun

Apricot flowers…Ancestral tree
Golden Apples of the Sun [1]

Designed by Annamarta Dostourian

Apricots, known in Armenia since ancient times, have been cultivated there for so long the scientific name is Prunus Armeniaca.   Apricot seeds were found at an excavation at Garni, Armenia in a Copper Age / Eneolithic-era site. [2]    There are stories of Apricot – Flowered Rugs written circa 10 th century AD.   Here is a quote: “Katranide, who was the queen of the city of Ani, the glittering capital of Armenia from the ninth to the eleventh century, constructed a splendid new cathedral celebrated in its day for architectural innovations – features such as pointed arches, soaring stone vaults and clustered columns, which appear about a century later in gothic architecture.   The legendary Ani, now in ruins, is reported to have a population of more than 100,000 people and was described as the city of a thousand–and–one–churches. On completion of the great cathedral in 1010 AD, the Queen presented ‘apricot – flowered rugs of many colors (woven) with gold threads”. [3]   The ornament on her back is inspired by an Armenian Dragon Carpet.

[1]  W.B. Yeats, ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’, (1899), and Ray Bradbury, ‘The Golden Apples of the Sun’ (1953).

[2]  B. Arakelyan, “Excavations at Garni, 1949–50” in Contributions to the Archaeology of Armenia, (Henry Field, ed.), Cambridge, 1968, 29.

[3]   L. Der Manuelian and M. Eiland, Weavers, Merchants and Kings, Ft Worth, 1984, 20.
H. Kurdian, The Art of Rug Weaving among the Armenians, Venice, 1947, Part 1, 7-23.

 

 

Photographers: Ivan Ramirez, IAR Photography Designer: Annamarta Dostourian Makeup: Alicia Barry Rosen Model:  Nina Marie O'Brien Assisted Enclothing Models in Sculptural Couture: Veronica Rojas Carstensen, Daria Goodson Theatrical Assistance: Guillermo Galindo
Photographers: Ivan Ramirez, IAR Photography
Designer: Annamarta Dostourian
Makeup: Alicia Barry Rosen
Model: Nina Marie O’Brien
Assisted Enclothing Models in Sculptural Couture: Veronica Rojas Carstensen, Daria Goodson
Theatrical Assistance: Guillermo Galindo
Photographers: Ivan Ramirez, IAR Photography Designer: Annamarta Dostourian Makeup: Alicia Barry Rosen Models:  Nina Marie O'Brien Assisted Enclothing Models in Sculptural Couture: Veronica Rojas Carstensen, Daria Goodson Theatrical Assistance: Guillermo Galindo
Photographers: Ivan Ramirez, IAR Photography
Designer: Annamarta Dostourian
Makeup: Alicia Barry Rosen
Models: Nina Marie O’Brien
Assisted Enclothing Models in Sculptural Couture: Veronica Rojas Carstensen, Daria Goodson
Theatrical Assistance: Guillermo Galindo
Photographers: Mehrbam Jam Designer: Annamarta Dostourian Model:  Nina Marie O'Brien Assisted Enclothing Models in Sculptural Couture: Patricia Natale, Emil Barber, Richie Pattison, Alison Costa, Tina Gray
Photographers: Mehrbam Jam
Designer: Annamarta Dostourian
Model: Nina Marie O’Brien
Assisted Enclothing Models in Sculptural Couture: Patricia Natale, Emil Barber, Richie Pattison, Alison Costa, Tina Gray

 

 

 

Photographers: V/A Photography SF  Designer: Annamarta Dostourian Makeup: Alicia Barry Rosen Model:  Nina Marie O'Brien Assisted Enclothing Models in Sculptural Couture: Veronica Rojas Carstensen, Daria Goodson Theatrical Assistance: Guillermo Galindo
Photographers: V/A Photography SF
Designer: Annamarta Dostourian
Makeup: Alicia Barry Rosen
Model: Nina Marie O’Brien
Assisted Enclothing Models in Sculptural Couture: Veronica Rojas Carstensen, Daria Goodson
Theatrical Assistance: Guillermo Galindo