Dating in armenian culture
It is generally assumed that geographic isolation is responsible for the preservation of this unique breed of cat.The most notable feature of the area of Anatolia (present day Eastern Turkey) is Lake Van in the Bznuniq region of Historic Armenia, bound by the mountains of Suphan (from the original Armenian "Sipan", or "Nekh Masiq" at 4434m a few hundred meters higher then Mt.
The dominance of this region by Lake Van lends credence to the reputation bestowed on the cats of being swimming cats.
One of the early records of white, semi-long hair cats with ringed tails and colour on their heads were carvings on jewelry by the Hittites (1600-1200 BC), cousins to the Armenian race.
The Urartians (1st millenium BC) who settled in the City of Van (Tushpa) carved ringtail cats on ornaments.
The only other colors are an amber tail and amber marks to the head.
Historic records show the Van cat on cliff-side carvings in the van region from the middle bronze age, especially proliferating in carvings done by Assyria and Urartu, the latter a forebear of the Armenian race.