History of Belgium's oldest rugstore
SINCE 1920: SAME COMPANY, SAME FAMILY, SAME LOCATION
In 1917 N.Vrouyr was founded in the Hague in the Anna Paulownastreet. In 1920 the shop moved to Antwerp. Since then, les Magasins Arméniens de Tapis d'Orient N.Vrouyr was established and stayed on the same address: Komedieplaats 4. Facing the Bourla theater, the premises (now three houses and three floors) emanate an unparalleled atmosphere. After more than hundred years they have become an inseparable part of the old city center. Impeccable service and accurate information always were a primary concern. The reputation of trustworthiness of N.Vrouyr has spread wide across the borders.
Noraryr Vrouyr had a sharp eye for quality and transmitted it to his son Tigrane who on his turn left it as a legacy to his son Christian. The more they traveled the more they kept the tradition alive to select only the best.
Four generations have made an permanent effort to promote carpets as being part of the artistic legacy of the Orient . Originality, authenticity and knowledge are a guarantee on all carpets offered by N.Vrouyr.
N. Vrouyr celebrates its 100th birthday
Shone Puipia presents his collection at N. Vrouyr during to Be by ADAA.
Naïry Vrouyr becomes a certified expert (by the TMV in the Netherlands).
N. Vrouyr and Vrouyr2 exhibit for the first time at Art Thema Gallery in Brussels.
First year we occasionally opened the workshop to the public during the Open Bedrijvendag (Open company days).
Opening of Vrouyr2
First participation in the Berlin Antique Rugs & Textile Exhibition (BARE).
Project with Walter Van Beirendonck. His design was executed in the workshops of Tufenkian Artisan Carpets in Nepal. The carpet goes for three months to Melbourne.
Exhibition Undiscovered Minimalim, fabrics from Mazandaran, Iran
During the bookfair Mind the Book in Antwerp, lecture Flying carpets, a literary wrong track? by Christian Vrouyr.
Exhibition of Art Deco carpets.
Lecture on Romanian Folk kilims at the ICOC (International Conference on Oriental Carpets) in Stockholm by Naïry Vrouyr.
Exhibiting modern carpets at Van der Voort Interiors in Mol during the Open House.
At the professional Domotex fair, rewarded with the 'Carpet Cup 2010' for best carpet retailer.
Release of the second collection of Viviane Tahan.
First participation in the Sartirana textile Show (Italy).
Werner Weber (Zürich) exhibits his collection of Kilims at the N.Vrouyr gallery on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Open Door days of the Antwerp Antiquairs.
Naïry Vrouyr starts working at the family enterprise.
Carpets by French designer Viviane Tahan.
Blue: exhibition of indigo.
85th birthday of the firm N.Vrouyr.
Opening of the library 06/10/05.
Exhibition of 6 rugs designed by 6 artists (Philip Aguirre, Carla Arocha, Tina Gillen, Yves Maes, Narcisse Tordoir en Ysbrant) and hand-knotted in the workshops of Odegard.
As part of the Quinzaine française a collection of carpets designed by Eileen Gray of the Manufacture de Cogolin was showed in the N.Vrouyr gallery.
Nawmal kilims, spring exhibition 22/04/2004-15/05/2004
Sahar carpets of Haynes Robinson 29/10/04-14/11/04
Odegard, Rare and original design carpets
Forum Modenatie 10-11-12 October
Nagada: production of Egyptian weavers: rebirth of an old tradition. Carpets in the same spirit were produced in Nepal, especially for N.Vrouyr.
First participation to the Antique Fair in Amsterdam, PAN.
Frank Lloyd Wright First exhibition in Europe of 20 carpets after the sketches of F.L. Wright, edited by the FLW Foundation.
Jajim exhibition of iranian textiles.
Jol-e-asb: horse covers' exhibition.
Wol in de Wolken (Wool in the Clouds): exhibition in cooperation with sculptor Albert Szukalski and poet Pjeroo Roobjee.
Sarkis Khatchatourian reconstitution of a painting exhibition that took place in Antwerp in 1925.
Presentation of the N.Vrouyr Price to 7 students of the Royal Academy of Antwerp for their projects for carpets. The pieces, executed in Nepal, were presented at the Royal Academy.
Exhibition Palace Carpets organized in the Campo Gallery in Antwerp.
Participation to the Art Deco en Europe exhibition in the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
Documentary exhibition about Armenia.
Exhibition on the premises of a 15th Century Mamluk Carpet, lent by the Oesterreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst Wien, and carpets from the Smit van Gelder Museum Antwerp.
Carpet "Egypt" by Elisabeth de Saedeleer and Paul Haesaerts goes to Les orientalistes et l'Afrique dans l'art belge in Brussels
Grandson Christian Vrouyr becomes the first president of the Bota, the Professional association of Belgian retailers in hand knotted carpets.
Documentary exhibition 60 years at the Komedieplaats.
First participation to the Antwerp Antique Dealer’s Open House.
Christian Vrouyr joins the firm and undertakes his first journey to Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal.
Presentation of an exceptional ancient Kirman (11,00 x 8,00 m)
Tigrane Vrouyr travels to Kathmandu.
Reopening of the shop that now spreads over three buildings.
First expansion.of the shop.
Tigrane Vrouyr’s first journey to the USSR.
Tigrane Vrouyr buys in Iran and Afghanistan for the first time.
Tigrane Vrouyr, Norayr’s son, becomes member of the Chamber of Antique Dealers of Belgium.
Tigrane Vrouyr visits Turkey.
First participation to the Antique Fair of Belgium (salle Arlequin Brussels).
Opening of a branch in Brussels, Avenue Louise.
Universal Exhibition of Antwerp. N. Vrouyr rents 1/8th of the surface of the Persian pavilion. The other participants are Carakehian, Vanderborght, Vaxelaire, La Bourse and Boccara.
Yearly exhibitions (until 1980) at the Campo Gallery, Meir 47, in Antwerp.
Opening of a branch in Luxemburg (Ave. de la Liberté). First carpet shop ever in the Grand Dukedom.
Norayr Vrouyr collaborates on the Jewel Parade organized by the city of Antwerp.
Annual participation at the Commercial Fair of Brussels.
N.Vrouyr settles at the Komedieplaats n° 4 in Antwerp.
The Armeensch tapijtenmagazijn is founded in the Hague, Anna Paulownastreet.
At the provincial exhibition in Saint Trond (Belgium), N. Vrouyr receives the silver medal.
Norayr Vrouyr joins Carakehian a rug store in Brussels. He is in charge of the stand at the International Fair of Liège.
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