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Interesting Businesses in Armenia: RadiArt

In my pursuit to find businesses where products are made in Armenia, I came across a rather interesting startup called RadiArt: artistically designed radiators. Normally, radiators have simple designs and are more practical than praiseworthy. These pieces seem to be works of art on their own, and what better way to start a conversation at the table but by showing off an interesting radiator art collection? 

Business information can be found on the company’s Facebook page

Armenian Martial Arts

During the Soviet Union, Kokh began to fall out of usage. Until at least 1988 Kokh has been practiced in the rural areas of Armenia. The popular Soviet combat system Sambo, was intensely influenced by the Armenian Kokh. Today modest attempts are made to preserve this ancient Armenian martial art.

There exist two main types of Kokh, one known as “Lori Kokh” the other “Shirak Kokh”. The main difference between the two styles concern grabbing rules and outfit. In Shirak Kokh wrestlers are topless wearing only traditional Armenian pants and are allowed to grab the legs of the opponent. In Lori Kokh, fighters wear traditional robes and have to grab the opponents robe to throw or push them out. In the ancient times Kokh was common during weddings. Two fighters from the sides of the bride and groom would wrestle each other.


The person who first throws the opponent on his back (thus performing the “kokh”) without boosting and/or turning him, wins. The victor has to hold the opponent to the ground by pressing with his knee. Pushing the opponent out of the mat, which has a radius of 7-9 meters,[5] also results in winning. Although there is no time limit, a Kokh fight usually lasts from 5 to 10 minutes. Every fight starts with a ceremonial warm-up dance, lasting for at least half a minute. The fights are always accompanied by traditional Armenian folk music. According to the rules, after a successful victory, on request of the public, judges and participants the winner has to perform a traditional victory dance.




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The Author is a Photographer

Pertch Proshyan (1837-1907) is one of the most significant Armenian writers of 19th century. Born in the village Ashtarak (Armenia), Proshyan became one of the first entrepreneurs to take up photography in Eastern Armenia in 1860. He was sponsored by a cleric from Tiflis who wanted the young writer to learn the art of photography for the purpose of assembling a photographic record of Armenian historical monuments. While this project failed, Proshyan continued to practice as a commercial photographer in various corners of the Caucasus. He is known to have taken only portraits, which are notable for their simplicity as well as an astute observations of the psychological traits of the sitters. In all likelihood he stopped taking photographs by mid 1870s, dedicating himself to writing, journalism and educational work. His photographic legacy remains little known and overshadowed by his literary output.

Aronian Defeats Azeri Opponent

Aronian during his round six match. (Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich)

LONDON (Armenian Weekly)—The world’s number two chess player Levon Aronian (Armenia) defeated Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) in the sixth round of the Candidates Tournament to maintain lead.

Aronian, playing with the black pieces, successfully defended a king-side attack by Radjabov, who soon found himself in time trouble. Radjabov’s position gradually deteriorated and he was unable to withstand Aronian’s counter-attack on his king.

In turn, Magnus Carlsen (Norway) defeated Peter Svidler (Russia). Aronian and Svidler share the lead with 4.5 points after Round 6.

The winner of this 14-round tournament, one of the strongest in chess history, will challenge world champion Viswanathan Anand for the world title. Eight top chess grandmasters are taking part in the tournament.

Then Armenian Weekly is providing day-to-day coverage from the tournament in London on its Facebook page.