Traditional Crafts of the Muslim World

  • Turkish Iznik

    As industrialisation has taken hold in the world, traditional arts and handicrafts are gradually disappearing. However, there are still master craftsmen and women keeping various traditional crafts alive.

    Iznik pottery, or Iznik ware, named after the town of ─░znik in western Anatolia where it i...

  • Sindhi Ajrakh

    Traditionally, Ajrak is the name of a block printed cloth with deep crimson red and indigo blue background, bearing symmetrical patterns with interspersed unprinted sparkling white motifs. An ancient craft, the history of the Ajrak can be traced back to the civilizations of the Indus Valley that ...

  • Rajistani Razai

    An insight into the making of a luxury craft quilt and what distinguishes it and makes it unique and valuable.

    Cultural traditions keep us rooted and preserve wisdom through the ages. It is our responsibility to keep them alive and share the legacy with future generations.

    Encouraging quality c...

  • Ghali, Patterns of Persia

    In the east northern part of Iran ina village named Dovidokh, all the women earn a living and support their families by knotting and weaving traditional Turkmen carpets with beautiful and colorful patterns.

  • A Day in the Life of a Jali Carver

    Traditional woodwork and carving is one of the richest handicrafts in Afghanistan.

    Introducing Masoud, a master carver at the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul. Masoud was born in Kabul but spent the first 10 years of his life in Pakistan. On returning to Af...

  • Turkish Ebru (Paper Marbling)

    The traditional art of Turkish Ebru - paper marbling by Seyit Uygur

  • Kashmiri Pashmina

    Pascha Brunello is a purveyor of finest quality clothing and accessories. It specializes in pashmina, cashmere and merino wool. The brand is deeply devoted to artisanry and technique and treasures the heritage and provenance of its product.

    The history of pashmina spans over centuries. Pashmina ...