To Armenian-Americans, the display Tuesday of a hand-woven rug at the White House Visitor’s Center represented a hard-fought victory in their push for official recognition of the killings of their ancestors experienced nearly a century ago.
“It’s a silent, beautiful rebuttal to those who deny the murder of a million-and-a-half people,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Schiff was one of several members of Congress, including Reps. David Valadao, Jim Costa and Judy Chu of California, at the event. The lawmakers represent districts with thousands of Armenian-Americans.
The rug, hand-woven by orphans and delivered to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925, has mostly sat in storage since the Coolidge family returned it to the White House in 1982 as a gift. It measures 11.5 feet by 19 feet, took 18 months to complete and contains more than 4 million knots.
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