Samira Kitman

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At the age of 25, Samira Kitman is running one Afghanistan's most successful arts businesses. Having spent three years learning her craft at the Turquoise Mountain Institute, in 2012 Samira received support to set up her own business, Muftah-e Honar. In 2014, she secured a prestigious commission for the five-star Anjum Hotel in Mecca. From her workshop in the Old City, Samira employed 15 fellow female calligraphers full time to complete the order. Cementing her reputation for producing high-quality handmade artworks, Samira has since gone on to complete bespoke commissions for private clients, exhibitions, and public buildings around the world.