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Hovhannes Mnoyan

  • Darbnots
  • Blacksmith
  • Gyumri, Armenia
  • Master Artisan
Hovhannes Mnoyan Blacksmith
Daily 11:00 - 19:00
+374 93531777
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Born a blacksmith

  • • Hovhannes inherited blacksmithing from his family
  • • He received a degree in painting
  • • His studio Darbnots is always open for visitors

Hovhannes Mnoyan lives and works in Gyumri, where he and his family own Darbnots studio. He jokes saying “the sound of forging metals was in my mind since my birth." He learned his skills from his family and believes that one needs lots of experience to become a master even if talent is transferred from your ancestors. Most of his works can be found while walking in Gyumri, where his family’s signature is on doors, on gates, and on windows. While he uses modern techniques, he always aims to honour blacksmithing traditions, not to ruin the historical image of the city. Hovhannes approaches his work as a theatrical play: “I like the process of forging hard, the sweat, the feeling of tiredness which takes you to a perfect end: to a piece of art."

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A church candle table

A church candle table with an Armenian cross at the bottom which is a traditional décor in Armenian Apostolic churches. While the tradition of a square table is kept, it also has an artistic touch.

Length 120 cm
Width 60 cm
Height 120 cm

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A birdie candle holder

The symbol of birds is widely used in Armenian ornaments and manuscripts and this one is an artistic vision of a metal bird holding the bulbs which make the bird a visible décor.

Length 60 cm
Width 50 cm
Height 55 cm

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A church chandelier

A church chandelier designed for special lighting, it contains a big chain of ornaments which decorate each inch of the piece.

Length 700 cm
Width 300 cm
Height 400 cm
Diameter 800 cm

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Decorative window

A decorative window for a gate made with a chain of crosses and a pomegranate, which is a symbol typical of Armenia. It is there to bring a bit of openness to the gate.

Length 300 cm
Width 150 cm

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A Decorative Gate

This forged iron gate made using blacksmithing techniques, has a big cross in the middle and a chain of ornaments surrounding it. The various symbols include grapes, pomegranates and birds.

Length 500 cm
Width 400 cm
Height 400 cm

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