Explore our interactive map
Through words, images and video, each point on the map tells a different story of the history, culture, and people of Afghanistan. This app was originally created by the Afghan arts organisation Turquoise Mountain exhibition, for an exhibition at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington D.C.
Exhibiting at the Smithsonian
Artists Transforming Afghanistan
A unique exhibition telling the story of Afghanistan's contemporary artistic culture through the voices of Afghan artisans leading its revival.
Open now through October 2017, Freer | Sackler, Washington, D.C.
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Turquoise Mountain was established to restore not only the city's former beauty and to keep its famous craft skills alive, but also a sense of pride in Afghanistan's culture. i am enormously proud of all that Turquoise Mountain has achieved in these endeavours.
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-
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.
HELP US REVIVE AFGHANISTAN'S ARCHITECTURAL AND ARTISTIC TRADITIONS
Afghanistan's arts and architecture were once the pride of Asia. But over thirty years of war have left these traditions on the verge of extinction. Turquoise Mountain is working to preserve and revive Afghanistan's arts and architecture through restoration projects, vocational training, and linking Afghan artisans to international markets.
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. Take a guided tour of the Old City's restoration.
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.With the generous support of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, the Institute is home to Afghanistan's premier Calligraphy and Miniature Painting School.