Apricot flowers…Ancestral tree
Golden Apples of the Sun 
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.  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”.  The ornament on her back is inspired by an Armenian Dragon Carpet.
 W.B. Yeats, ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’, (1899), and Ray Bradbury, ‘The Golden Apples of the Sun’ (1953).
 B. Arakelyan, “Excavations at Garni, 1949–50” in Contributions to the Archaeology of Armenia, (Henry Field, ed.), Cambridge, 1968, 29.
 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.