Our Kilims are predominately woven by women in northern Afghanistan. In rural areas of Afghanistan carpet weaving is one of the few jobs women are 'culturally sanctioned' to do. Creating jobs in the carpet sector is therefore a very effective tool for economically empowering women across the country.
Part of what makes Afghanistan’s rugs so special is the wool they are made from. Each strand of wool is individually spun by hand, giving the carpets great character. With its unusually long strands Ghazni wool is also famously hardwearing, meaning Afghan carpets can survive for centuries.
On top of the amount we pay the artisans, a further 50% goes towards the Turquoise Mountain Foundation. Turquoise Mountain supports Afghan artisans by providing them with three years of technical training, as well as a full range of business support following graduation.