Exhibition9 May 2023 - 12 May 2023, 10:00 - 18:00
585 King's Road
Turquoise Mountain: The Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan
Turquoise Mountain was founded in 2006 by His Majesty King Charles to revive historic areas and traditional crafts, providing jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride where cultural heritage is under threat. Christopher Farr hosts a display of the work of their artisans from small businesses in Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Middle East.
Continuing their partnership with Turquoise Mountain, Christopher Farr celebrates the strong cultural heritage of Afghanistan through their work with the weaving communities of Bamiyan.
In the showroom, an installation curated by Lucy Hammond-Giles of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler sets the scene for some of the incredible work from the expert craftspeople supported by Turquoise Mountain, including stunning woodwork from master artisan Naseer Yasna.
A special display adds more cultural context and insight into knowledge passed down generation to generation through the centuries; from turquoise ceramics made in the Afghan village of Istalif renowned for their distinctive ishkar glaze — a plant only found in particular provinces in northern Afghanistan for centuries — to precious gemstones such as lapis lazuli and peridot masterfully set in gold and silver by some of the most talented Afghan jewellers. These new pieces tell the story of Turquoise Mountain’s work in Bamiyan and beyond, creating jobs for thousands of people in the Afghan craft sector as one of the most powerful and practical ways to bring incomes to families in the country