Most of the Armenian Quarter is privately owned and closed off, surrounded by a wall and belongs to the Armenian monastery. Indeed, the quarter has nice Armenian churches that can be peeked into if there is time for a long walk through the Quarter.
Of particular interest is the Armenian specialization in high-quality ceramic works. The Armenians learned the art of ceramics from the Ottoman artists of Turkey. Many members of the Armenian community who lived in Asia Minor, an area in Turkey, were excellent artists with ceramic decorations and developed a unique style. Already in the 17th century, Armenian artists from the city of Kütahya in central-western Turkey sent ceramic tiles to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and St. James Church in Jerusalem.
In 1919, the British invited a number of Armenian families to come to the city and renovate the tiles of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. The three prominent families who arrived in Jerusalem were those of the famous artist David Ohansian and those of his colleagues, Blian and Karkashian. Later on, these families became the Armenian artists of the Quarter, and to this day they produce souvenirs and sell them to tourists visiting the Old City.
Throughout the Old City of Jerusalem, especially in the Christian Quarter, you will see quite a few tourist shops offering Armenian-style ceramic works. The shops with the finest works of Armenian ceramics can be found in the Armenian Quarter, where the manufacturers of these pottery items are sold directly to the public.