TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN IS REGENERATING HISTORIC AREAS, REVIVING AFGHAN TRADITIONAL ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, CREATING JOBS, SKILLS AND A RENEWED SENSE OF NATIONAL PRIDE FOR AFGHAN MEN AND WOMEN.

Founded in March 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales in partnership with former President of Afghanistan HE Hamid Karzai, Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit, non- governmental organization regenerating the old city of Kabul, and spurring the sustainable development of the Afghan crafts industry.

Since 2006 Turquoise Mountain has trained over 450 artisans in traditional arts, restored or rebuilt 112 historic or community buildings in the old city of Kabul, set up a local primary school and family health clinic, organized major international exhibitions from the Venice Bienalle to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and worked with prestigious international retailers from Bloomingdales and Kate Spade in New York, to Pippa Small and Monsoon-Accessorize in London.


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gracefully blending the traditional with the contemporary

TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN WORKS TO PROMOTE THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF HIGH-END AFGHAN ART AND DESIGN AROUND THE WORLD

Afghanistan was once a great centre of civilization at the heart of the 'silk road'. Afghanistan inherited the traditions of India, Persia and Central Asia and blended them into a unique artistic culture. On the brink of extinction after decades of conflict, Turquoise Mountain is working to revive the nation's crafts industry.

Partnering with international designers and retailers, our artisan's clients range from individual customers to 5 star hotels in London and the Middle East, architects in New York and high-end restaurants in Dubai.


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The Regeneration of Murad Khani

Murad Khani is one of the few surviving historic commercial and residential areas in the old city of Kabul. Badly destroyed during fighting in the Afghan civil war, and left buried under nearly two metres of accumulated rubbish, by 2006 Murad Khani had become one of the poorest areas in Kabul, named on the World Monuments Fund's Watch List of the world's most endangered sites. Turquoise Mountain has regenerated the area by restoring the community's historic buildings, providing health care and education services, and returning life to Murad Khani's ancient silver bazaar.


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Afghanistan’s premier arts vocational training institute

The Turquoise Mountain Institute was established in 2006 to educate a new generation in Afghanistan's traditional crafts. Every day hundreds of artisans travel to the cedar paneled courtyards of Murad Khani to learn woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, jewellery and miniature painting from Afghanistan's most renowned artisans. Honing their skills over three years of intensive training, successful artisans graduate with an internationally accredited qualification, and the support and knowledge they need to set up their own craft businesses.


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