Across these various inspirations, there are of course some fundamentals that all Armenian interior design will typically have in common. The first of these is the Armenian language. Because the language is so central to Armenian identity, it is quite common for the calligraphy of Armenia’s unique alphabet to feature in an Armenian-style design, especially for more modern and trendy layouts. This can be something as simple as a painting that depicts a word or letters in a creative fashion or can be as involved as stylized calligraphy engraved on a wall, in a nod to the ancient stone khachkars from medieval Armenian culture.
Another central aspect of Armenian interior design is carpeting. Armenian-style carpets are often tufted rugs or knotted carpets made of a material not unlike the Damask type, and they can sometimes incorporate Armenian calligraphy as well. The unique natural colors, tints, and ornamentation of these carpets are central aesthetic indicators of Armenian culture and can be found echoed all throughout Armenian art and even in modern Armenian architecture.
Interior designs of Armenia generally give off a rustic vibe, and this is due to a combination of natural materials such as wood and natural stone, as well as farmhouse-style materials such as cast iron and brass. Armenian ‘mountain style’ homes sport prominent beams, and can also have wood-framed windows, wooden doors, and even wooden carved knickknacks including miniature khachkars. Another distinctive element of an Armenian home is the wooden railings for porches and balconies which often sport distinctive decorative shapes carved into them.
Brass features most prominently in the traditional Armenian jazzves and coffee grinders. Coffee is a big part of everyday life in Armenia and is not only consumed in the mornings, so the average Armenian home will usually have more than one jazzve, and these give a unique aesthetic to any kitchen that is unmistakably Armenian.