The Story Of Our Hand Crafted Afghan Glass

Sometimes we fall hopelessly in love with our products, sometimes we fall in love with the stories behind them. And sometimes- as is the case with our hand blown Herati glass- we quite simply fall in love with both. For over two thousand years, Herat’s distinctive coloured glass has been traded along the length of the Silk Route. Master craftsman Ghulam Sekhi, who lives in Western Afghanistan, is one of the last in an ancient line of glass blowers. In a mud brick workshop at the base of Herat’s ancient citadel, this talented craftsman is keeping the precious industry alive.


Ghulam Sekhi, master craftsman, glass blower, Herat, Western Afghanistan


Ghulam creates our glasses in much the same way they have always been crafted- he grinds quartz, plant ash and natural oxides together to create the vibrant colours that once made Herat’s glass so famous. Each glass is blown individually by hand and is then fired in a traditional mud brick kiln.



Each sale of our Herati glass will help build the stability Ghulam so urgently needs for his business to grow in a deeply troubled corner of the world. All the glasses are individual with beautiful complexities in the glass that can only occur from hand craftsmanship. We quite simply hope you love these just as much as we do. If you would like to hear more about this range please feel free to get in touch at or call us anytime on 01830 530433. Or if you’d like to pop in to the ibbi Building at Vallum in Northumberland to see the glasses up close, why not get in touch and call in for coffee. We’d love to see you.





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