Third generation Philadelphia business owner Bob Zakian’s rug cleaning business has been a cornerstone of the Parkside neighborhood of the city for more than 92 years. Zakian’s grandparents opened Zakian Rug Cleaning in 1923 shortly after emigrating from Armenia and surviving the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

In honor of the100th anniversary of the genocide,
Bob Zakian knew he wanted to pay tribute to his family’s heritage as well as give back to Parkside, the neighborhood his business has always called home.
On Friday, August 7th, 2015 at 11 a.m., Bob Zakian, along with Philadelphia mural artist Kathryn Pannepacker, unveiled the painted mural interpretation of the world famous Armenian Orphan Rug, which was woven /hand-knotted by more than 400 orphaned Armenian girls in Ghazir, Lebanon, and presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925.

Location of mural: 4930 Parkside Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. U.S.A

Lead artist Kathryn Pannepacker

Assistant: Angela Crafton

Apprentice: Lizzy Mamourian


Philadelphia Tribune