The White House’s decision to put the “Armenian Orphan Rug”, which was woven by child survivors of the Genocide, was gifted to President Coolidge in 1925 in appreciation of U.S. humanitarian assistance,and putting it on a public display is just another manifestation of recent tensions in US-Turkey relations.
Aram Hamparian, the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America visited the Orphan Rug display prior to the press conference and issued the following statement:
“Today’s White House display of the Armenian Orphan Rug is a testament to the generous spirit of the American people, whose unprecedented humanitarian assistance efforts saved hundreds of thousands of survivors of the Armenian Genocide – including the Armenian orphans who meticulously crafted this unique artifact of American and Armenian history. Unfortunately, the display’s description – using evasive and euphemistic language – deprives this profoundly important work of art of its moral and historical meaning. It also deprives viewers of the opportunity to learn about the Armenian Genocide and draw lessons from this experience to prevent future atrocities