In the 1800s, the age-old Armenian city of Dilijan was known as a blossoming centre of culture, commerce and cuisine. In order to enjoy the region's picturesque landscape, wealthy vacationers from Tbilisi and Baku and beyond flocked to Dilijan in increasing numbers, giving the town a international culture. In 2004, Tufenkian began restoring the historical district (Sharambeyan Street) of modern-day Dilijan, and you are invited to experience the city as it was in the 19th century. The intricately carved balconies so typical of 19th century Dilijan display the regions historical love for fine woodwork. Old Dilijan's Esayan museum recreates a typical 19th century Dilijan home, from household textiles to hand crafted musical instruments common to the region.
Tufenkian's Ananov guesthouse gives you a chance to enjoy Dilijan in native luxury. The high vaulted ceilings, understated handmade chandeliers and intricately detailed handmade carpets of the Old Dilijan's "Haykanoush Restaurant" recall a typical Dilijani dining room.
On the streets of Old Dilijan , visitors are immersed in the finest culture of an earlier time. Specialized workshops and studios sell jewelry, clothing, carpets, ceramics and woodcarvings.