Private excursion to Megerian Carpet Factory with a lavash baking master class
Megheryan Carpet Factory in Yerevan is sure to please everyone who is interested in the rich Armenian tradition of carpet weaving. Inside the factory you can enjoy a walk through the unique museum, watch the carpet weaving process and buy your own carpet in the exhibition hall. Then you can move on to the main part of the pita baking master class.
Explore the rich collection of ancient Armenian rugs
Observe the process of carpet making
Purchase a unique rug in the exhibit hall
Take part in a lavash baking master class
Pick up and drop off
Visit to the Meger Carpet Factory
Lavash baking master class
Carpets have been central to Armenian culture since ancient times, and carpet weaving has been practiced in the country for thousands of years. Preserving this rich heritage, the Meheryan family has been restoring old rugs and making new ones for more than four generations.
The factory was originally founded in 1917 in New York by an Armenian family that fled the genocide. They returned to Armenia just recently and revived the traditional production of Armenian carpets, which is one of the oldest in the world and has its own distinctive features. In the exhibition hall you will see copies of the oldest carpets in the world (the original is in the Hermitage). You will also see the original carpets 200-400 years old, each with its own unique history.
Then you can move on to the main part of the lavash baking master class. Lavash is one of the most popular gastronomic icons of Armenia, being an integral part of Armenian cuisine. It is traditionally soft, thin flatbread baked in a tonier (special oven). For centuries, lavash has been popular among all segments of Armenian society, it is valued for its unique taste and ability to be stored for quite a long time without losing its qualities.
In 2014, "The Cooking, Meaning and Appearance of Traditional Lavash Bread as an Expression of Armenian Culture" was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. During this master class, you will observe and learn thousands of years of pita making techniques. Armenian women will show you all the secrets and techniques of making this delicious traditional bread. And, of course, at the end you will taste the fruits of your labor.