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 organisation which began by focusing on the regeneration of the old city of Kabul and spurring the sustainable development of the Afghan crafts industry. Since 2006, Turquoise Mountain has graduated hundreds of artisans in traditional arts, restored or rebuilt 150 historic or community

buildings in the old city of Kabul, set up a local primary school and family health clinic, and organised major international exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, the Smithsonian Museum, the World Economic Forum at Davos, and Buckingham Palace. Turquoise Mountain has also worked with prestigious international retailers from Bloomingdales and Kate Spade in New York, to Pippa Small and Monsoon-Accessorize in London.


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. Turquoise Mountain has helped to establish 50 businesses in Kabul

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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, and was in 2008 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, establishing a health centre for the community and a school for its young people, and returning life to Murad Khani's ancient silver bazaar. Take a guided tour of the Old City's restoration.

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Afghanistan’s premier arts vocational training institute

The Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture aims 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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