Turquoise Mountain was founded in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales to regenerate tangible and intangible cultural heritage by creating jobs, building business skills and creating renewed craft livelihoods. Beginning in Afghanistan – and working more recently in the Middle East, we have trained over 6,000 artisans, established over 50 thriving businesses and sold over $12 million in artisanal crafts.
Since 2006, Turquoise Mountain has restored 150 historic buildings, trained over 6,000 artisans, treated almost 136,000 patients at our Kabul clinic, graduated hundreds of talented artisans, and generated millions of dollars in international sales from Kate Spade to London’s Connaught Hotel. Turquoise Mountain has also curated major international exhibitions around the world, from the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
Turquoise Mountain has now built over 50 small businesses in Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Middle East, supporting a new generation of artisan entrepreneurs who will not only drive economic development, but also preserve their unique cultures and traditions.