Ardean is a Center for Art, Architecture and Design that has its gallery shop on Abovyan street. The printed textiles, wall decors and home accessories displayed in this gallery are nourished by medieval Armenian architecture, cross-stone ornaments, illustrated manuscripts and sometimes embroideries. Yet, they’re all done with modern technology, using mixed media.
When I first saw these art pieces, I was deeply impressed by the delicate juxtaposition of fine ornaments and their perfect execution. While I was googling to find more information on Ardean, I found an article where its founder Vazgen Brudian said that his vision was to make Armenia a design center. Considering the abundance of cultural monuments, including thousands of cross-stones, medieval churches and manuscripts and having this successful center in Yerevan that elaborates and represents ancient heritage in a totally modern and literate way, I find this vision very realistic.
Besides, the creativity, knowledge and enhanced skills of young people who are in Ardean team leave no room for doubt. Once you see the wall decors, cashmere touch shawls and silk scarves with Armenian letters on richly ornamented background exhibited in the gallery, you will know what I mean.
Also, I find it very important that together with new technology, Ardean uses handwork, so that all their products are very artistic. You can really feel the impact of color therapy after visiting this highly aesthetical place. By the way all the colors that will capture your attention in the gallery are taken from Armenian miniature paintings.