Artisan: Nasser Mansoori - Handmade products from Afghanistan
 
What:
Bookends
Where:
Afghanistan
Style signature:
Hand-carved, peacock-shaped bookends inspired by traditional Islamic carvings.
Backstory:
Nasser Mansoori is one of the most accomplished classical carving masters in the world. He was born in the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan in 1977. He and his family fled to Iran when the Soviets invaded in 1989. Life as an Afghan refugee in Iran was difficult, but in 1992 Nasser began to learn classic woodcarving from an Iraqi master. When he returned to Afghanistan in 2004, he pursued his newfound passion. Nasser has been teaching at the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Art and Architecture, educating young Afghans in traditional arts and crafts. Drawing on the rich heritage of Afghan design, Nasser has created ornate doors for a shrine in Kabul’s old city, as well as for the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, and a bedroom suite entirely carved of walnut for the Connaught Hotel in London, as well as an exquisite minbar in a mosque and prayer staircase for a mosque in the Persian Gulf. Nasser recently started his own business – Aterlier UN – offering bespoke commissions to buyers worldwide. 
Inspiration:
“I take satisfaction from playing a small part in showing the highest quality of Afghan art to the world.”

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