Founded in Afghanistan in March 2006 by His Majesty King Charles III, Turquoise Mountain began by focusing on the regeneration of the Old City of Kabul and the sustainable development of the Afghan crafts industry. Since then, we have trained thousands of artisans, 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 Asprey in London.

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Community

By 2006, Murad Khani had become one of the poorest areas in Kabul, and many young people had no access to basic education and healthcare. Turquoise Mountain established a health centre for the community and a school for its young people, and today has served over 165,000 patients and teaches over 120 students per year.

Read about our work in health and education

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Training

The Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture aims to educate a new generation in Afghanistan's traditional crafts. Honing their skills in woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, jewellery, painting and more 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.

Find out more about our training

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Artisans

Turquoise Mountain is supporting over 50 artisan businesses with workshop space, tools, materials, and business, marketing and sales support. Many of our supported artisans are graduates of the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture, and many are graduates of the short courses we offer in product development, leadership and other business skills.

Meet our Artisans

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Products

Turquoise Mountain supports Afghan craftspeople to create handmade jewellery, woodwork, ceramics, paintings and more. These products have sold all over the world, bringing in a total of $15 million to date for our supported Afghan artisans, and $17 million for our artisans worldwide.

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