Noah's Landing was inspired by the artisans of Armenia. When I visited Armenia in January of 2002 I found a country that was loosing her population to countires that offered jobs. Jobs that would put food on the table, heat in the homes, give medical care for the elderly and education for the young.
I lived there 3 weeks in Gyumri and Yerevan. Not in a fancy hotel, but in houses that the “lucky” Armenians lived in.
The house was cold, dark and had limited water (cold). Hot water was a luxury. I slept with my heavy sweat suite, socks and winter jacket and never felt hot for the three weeks I was there. I was the lucky one. The people in the next house burned old sneakers and boxes in their makeshift wood-burning stove to cook with in their living room. A small pipe carried the toxic smoke out from a window where a hole was cut.
It was then that I decided to put my money where my heart was, to help. Help in a way that is sustainable and basic to humans everywhere, with work.
Oxfam was the first vendor. I gave them $500 and asked them to make the coasters. At the time, there were no 4” square kilim coasters in Yerevan. By the time of my next visit, Vernisage was filled with them. It worked! Oxfam supported refugees from Azerbaijan to weave these coasters to my specifications and a new product was born. Jobs are created in this way.
Below are the stories of some of the artisans. The Olive Branch edition of Noah's Landing is full of their photos. Now they ask that I use the space to put their products, not their pictures. One artisan told me his picture will not put bread in his child's stomach.
With this web site, Noah's Landing will again show you the people who are bringing you these beautiful items.
I owe the artisans of Armenia much for everything they have given me, the privilege of working with them.