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    Bourj Hammoud, Matn district

    Vahan Kupelian discovered he had a talent for calligraphy at school, writing his classmates’ names down on their books. At the age of 19, he opened his shop and has been working there ever since, for over 55 years. Rather than using traditional calligraphy, he has developed and honed his own style of the craft. Today, his son works with him in the workshop, making copper jewelry.