With its spectacular landscapes and rich remnants of ancient civilisations, the Valley of Bamiyan is at the centre of national and international efforts to revitalise Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. As part of our long-term investment to preserve Afghan cultural heritage, Turquoise Mountain is now working on an ambitious project in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Culture and the Governor of Bamiyan to safeguard built heritage, create economic opportunities, and build a new cultural centre for the local community.

This project is a new important step in Turquoise Mountain’s commitment to support Afghan people by providing jobs through craft production, improving the lives of local communities through economic opportunities, and changing perspectives of Afghanistan by sharing its rich history with the wider world.

Shashpul Caravanserai Inside

Built Heritage

Bamiyan was once a bustling centre of trade along the Silk Road, and many of its heritage sites provide insights into this fascinating past. The area has great future potential, and Turquoise Mountain is contributing to the wider revitalisation effort with the restoration of a 300-year-old Caravanserai in the village of Shashpul, bringing back into use a wonderful example of vernacular earth architecture.

Find out more about our heritage projects

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Along with cultural preservation, Turquoise Mountain has always provided an integrated programme of community support in Afghanistan, which includes vital primary education. In Bamiyan, we run two schools that serve 120 students from pre-school to 20 years of age, providing them with quality general education and English training.

Read about our community support

Turquoise Mountain Weavers Bamiyan


Turquoise Mountain is supporting weavers in the region of Bamiyan to strengthen their skills and facilitate access to new markets. Over the next few years, we aim to create thousands of jobs for artisans in the area and revitalise the handmade carpet industry in Bamiyan.

Meet our artisans

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Turquoise Mountain works with the most talented carpet producers and weavers to develop custom-made, heritage-inspired carpets from Afghanistan. Our carpets are sold by retailers and designers in the US and Europe, and can be found in five-star hotels, museums, and private residences all over the world.

Browse our carpets