Segments in this Video

Oldest City in the World (02:01)


Yerevan's architecture reflects its history as a former Soviet republic. Sumnima Udas describes how traders marked the halfway point between China and Rome in Armenia.

Innovative Technology (03:31)

Vahan Chakarian manufactures the Armtab, a cheaper version of a tablet computer for Armenia. Start-ups include Rafa Solutions and Triada Studios.

Carpet Weaving (06:05)

Handmade Armenian carpets are sold. Leonid Andriasyan serves as production director for Megerian. Wool is spun on Soviet era machines and woven by hand with double knots.

Midway Point (03:15)

Udas crosses the Caucasus Mountains along a modern highway, stopping to visit a Byzantine era church. There is a mixture of medieval, 19th century, and Soviet era architecture in Tbilisi, Georgia. Warm sulfur baths are a tourist destination in the town founded during the fifth century.

Wine (06:46)

Udas tastes several locally made wines. George Kharabadze runs Tsinandali a vineyard in Kakheti; modern innovations include using new fermentation and machinery to produce it, but they still use earthen vats covered in sand. Winiveria celebrates the end of harvest by feasting and stomping grapes with their feet.

Credits: Armenia/Georgia (00:05)

Credits: Armenia/Georgia

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This month, we continue our nine-month journey along the old caravan routes between China and Italy, exploring Armenia and Georgia on a road trip through the remote Caucasus Mountains. In Armenia, Sumnima Udas discovers that Yerevan, the capital, is a center for manufacturing new technology as well as hand-woven carpets. She also visits a Byzantine Cathedral, a vineyard in Kakheti, and the sulfur baths in Tbilisi on this episode of Silk Road: Past, Present, Future.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: FMK183802

ISBN: 978-1-64481-884-8

Copyright date: ©2015

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