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Exploring an Abandoned Carpet Factory

This giant carpet factory, once bustling with thousands of workers and boasting a capacity to produce 1 million cubic meters of carpet annually, now stands desolate, serving as a solemn reminder of its once illustrious past. The machinery is now being sold for scrap, casting a shadow over its former glory.

Upon entering the territory of the factory, we saw workers busily engaged outside, transporting Soviet-era buses scattered around the premises to sell for scrap. Two weeks prior, many weaving machines had already been sold for scrap, but fortunately, there was still much to discover within. Volodya, who had worked here since 1972, guided us through the facility.



The facade of the admin building of the abandoned carpet factory

 

Established in 1964, this mammoth carpet factory specialized in producing a variety of carpets, including double-walled, jacquard, and five-color varieties, using raw materials such as New Zealand wool, domestic capron, and copper-ammonia fiber.




Volodya worked here from 1972... he saw the rise and fall of this industrial giant 


In  1975, the factory produced an impressive one million cubic meters of carpets, garnering global acclaim for their elegant national decoration and modern design. These carpets were showcased at prestigious international exhibitions in Montreal, Sao Paulo, Beirut, Baghdad, Prague, Plovdiv, Leipzig, and at the Exhibition of Achievements of the People's Economy of the USSR. Notably, the Erebuni-2750 and Gugark carpets received state commendation. The factory's products were distributed widely across the Soviet Union and abroad.

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