Turquoise Mountain’s distinctive ceramics belong to the Istalifi tradition.

Nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush, for four hundred years the village of Istalif was famed for its turquoise ceramics, made using a natural potash glaze known as ishkar.

Istalif was razed to the ground by the Taliban in 1999. Many of Istalif’s pottery workshops were destroyed, and along with them the knowledge of the ishkar glaze which had made Istalifi pottery so distinctive. Over the last eight years Turquoise Mountain has been working with Istalifi potters to revive their ceramic traditions, reintroducing the use of natural glazes and improving the strength and quality of their ceramics.

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