Lapis Istalifi Bowl

Lapis Istalifi Bowl


Handcrafted by master artisan Abdul Matin, these distinctively blue ceramics belong to the Istalifi tradition.

For four hundred years the village of Istalif was famed for its turquoise ceramics, but was razed to the ground by the Taliban in 1999. Many of Istalif’s pottery workshops were destroyed, and Abdul Matin together with our nonprofit partner Turquoise Mountain is working to revive this valuable ceramic tradition.


  • Each purchase provides dignified work opportunity to artisans in a country affected by war.

  • In addition to a fair wage to your artisan, we provide an additional 20% of your proceeds to the non-profit Turquoise Mountain to help preserve cultural heritage in Afghanistan.

Care Instructions: Dishwasher safe.

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Your Artisan

The artisan Abdul Matin was born in Istalif, a village nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan.

For four hundred years, Istalif was famed for its turquoise ceramics, made using a natural potash glaze known as ishkar.

Razed to the ground by the Taliban in 1999, many of Istalif's pottery workshops were destroyed, and along with them the knowledge of the ishkar glaze which had made Istalifi pottery so distinctive. Abdul Matin is one of the leading figures in the revival of Istalifi pottery, reintroducing the use of natural glazes and the distinctive ishkar glaze for which Istalif became famous.

Learn more about our other Afghanistan craftsmanship here.