The Zildjan or Avedis Zildjan Company has a history dating back to the seventeenth century. It was in 1622 that Avedis, an Armenian who lived in Constantinople, discovered a process of treating metal alloys that he applied to the production of dishes, distinguished by the clarity and support of sound. Soon they were adopted by the bands of the Sultan Osman II, that rewarded Avedis with gold and the family name. In fact, Zildjan means manufacturer of dishes, in Turkish and Armenian.
Today Zildjan is headquartered in the USA, continuing to manufacture drum plates (cymbals), special effects plates and various instrument accessories.