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( 1925 - 2003 )


James Mark KESHISHIAN --- Cliquer pour agrandir
Naissance en 1925 en Belgique, décès le 19 mai 2003 à Washington (USA)

James Mark Keshishian, 78, who for the past 30 years was president of Mark Keshishian & Sons, his family's oriental carpet business in Chevy Chase and who was also a leader in Washington's Armenian community, died May 15 at his daughter's home in McLean. He had cancer.
Mr. Keshishian's business -- started by his father first in London and then in the Washington area in 1931 -- provided carpets to high-profile government clients, including the White House, the State Department and foreign embassies.
He lectured widely about oriental carpets, was a senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers and was a founder and former president of the Armenian Rugs Society. His book, "Inscribed Armenian Rugs of Yesteryear," was published in 1994.
He saw his rug collecting as a way of preserving his family's Ottoman Armenian heritage. He also raised funds for Armenian causes and was a founding member of Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Keshishian, who lived in Chevy Chase, was born in Belgium and raised in Washington. He was a 1943 graduate of Wilson High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in the European and Pacific theaters and received two Bronze Stars. After the war, he graduated from the Ohio Mechanics Institute in Cincinnati and took business classes at George Washington University.
In the 1950s and 1960s, he was president of his family business, Senate Laundry, a commercial laundry service for many Washington hotels and hospitals.
He was a former national president of what is now the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration. His memberships included Congressional Country Club in Bethesda and the Cosmos Club.
His avocations included playing golf, smoking cigars and collecting rare Armenian coins, including some dating back as early as AD 163. He also was a Republican Party fundraiser.
His marriage to Elsa Carapetian Keshishian ended in divorce.
Survivors include three children, Mark Keshishian of Gaithersburg, Lora Picini of McLean and Leon Keshishian of Potomac; two brothers, Dr. John Keshishian of McLean and Harold M. Keshishian of Washington; and three grandchildren.

The Washington Post19 mai 2003.

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 Inscribed Armenian Rugs of Yesteryear
Titre : Inscribed Armenian Rugs of Yesteryear / auteur(s) : James Mark KESHISHIAN -
Editeur : The James Mark Keshishian Collection
Année : 1994
Imprimeur/Fabricant : Washington, DC
Description : 23 x 31 cm, 256 pages,couverture illustrée en couleurs
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Sujets : Armenian rugs
Lecture On-line : non disponible

Commentaire :

Passion With A Purpose

Generations of living with the tyrannical rhythms of the season are reflected in the artistry and harmony of the Armenian inscribed rugs in the James Mark Keshishian Collection. Now assembled for publication, the collection inspires awe and pride. Intervals of time and of places and of spaces become stepping stones into the Armenian highlands, and into her history. One becomes momentarily blinded by the beauty of tumbled figures on fields of color,- colors made live to bear the life stream of a family - to sustain, to nurture. With reluctance one turns each page of the volume, only to face yet another flaming fantasy of line, form and color. There is a deep abiding symbolism that insinuates itself in Keshishian's inscribed rugs. Symbols that anchor at the heart to places far away; places that stretch the imagination of people who found boundless joy in ownership of such pieces.
The long night of past centuries resonate in these rare rugs; they shimmer enigmatically in their stillness and speak of broken columns and arches and churches; and of wools and colors drained up from the bowl of antiquity; they burn with life of their own. The stuff of pure reds, golds, pale yellows absorb woven threads and redefine them into symmetrical lines, contours, classic, beautiful. Rugs that hold a contempt for life.
The James Mark Keshishian Collection of over 100 inscribed Armenian rugs tease the imagination with exotica -names that travel from Karabagh throughout Asia Minor to Persia and to Russia. Strange sounding names dissolve on the tongue: Chondzoresk, Gendje, Akstafa, Kasimoushag- names that helped sustain the lifeblood of the people. Using the words of Cicero as the impetus for his ritual of search, Keshishian follows its directive - "It is doubtful whether a man ever brings his faculties to bear with their full force on a subject until he writes upon it." So it must be that he had to write his first book on this, his beloved subject. The book follows many previously written articles on the subject of rugs which have appeared in magazines and journals. This knowledgeable volume will edge towards being the definitive work on Armenian Inscribed rugs.
The talent comes honestly to James, his family was always in the business of collecting Armeniana - rugs, textiles, coins, art and tapestries. The hint of puckish humor is in continuous attendance on his face. Often the punster, it isn't immediately noted how very serious James Keshishian is when it comes to his collection of the inscribed rugs of Armenia, and his awesome collection of Armenian coins. James feels like a man with a specific mission; to build a substantial bridge of knowledge which will lead people towards a better understanding of the place and position Armenia holds in the world of textiles and rugs.
History and geography are the guardians of knowledge; they enable man to construct his sporadic past and realities. They resolutely arrange the patterns of survival; patterns which determine the forces of communal and social culture. Armenia's never dormant history 'winks' at the world with her rugs. Keshishian offers the view to his readers in Inscribed Armenian Rugs of Yesteryear - a volume of over 256 pages, providing history plus pictures and analysis of over 90 pieces of historical beauty.

Anne Atanossian

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