Judaism is a faith not confined to synagogues. The hanging of the mezuzah is one of the oldest and most widely respected Jewish traditions involving the display of a specially inscribed piece of parchment in the door frame of a Jewish home or business, as a reminder of our connection to God, His Law and our heritage. Consequently, the mezuzah case has evolved from a humble container to an art form in and of itself, inspiring stunning designs in a wide range of materials including Armenian ceramic.
Armenian ceramics from Jerusalem tell a story of migration from present-day Istanbul to Jerusalem when Armenians were charged by Ottoman rulers with restoring the 15th century tiles on the Mosque of Omar. Since then Armenian ceramics have been ubiquitous in Jerusalem and a very beautiful and popular souvenir item.