Afghanistan was once a great center of civilization found at the heart of the ‘silk road’. Their craft industry, a source of great pride for the Afghan people, suffered greatly after more than three decades of conflict and displacement. Established in 2006, under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales and the President of Afghanistan, Turquoise Mountain revives traditional Afghan arts, crafts and architecture. The organization trains a new generation of young Afghan artisans, ensuring the livelihoods of its students by connecting their work to markets across the globe. These craftswomen and men learn calligraphy and miniature painting, woodwork, jewelry, and ceramics, working with contemporary designers to produce their unique handmade pieces.