Armenian Letter Art and Its Cultural Expression

2019 has marked the inscription of the Armenian letter Art and its cultural expression on the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO.

The Armenian Alphabet was invented by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD, and played a quintessential role in solidifying the Armenian National Identity. The Alphabet was created on the principle of ‘’one letter for one sound’’.

Armenian letters are more than a means of communication and a way to store and transmit information. They have a uniquely high value, which makes them fall into the category of Art, along with the cultural expression of these letters which is a fascinating world in itself.

Cryptograms, riddles and more were found as well as a large variety of ornamental scripts, which were classified based on their visuals and shapes (knots, birds, animals, people, and mythical or imaginary creatures).

Armenian letters have surpassed their basic function of creating written Heritage and have become a visual Art form with a very unique expression style and a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.