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Executive Moves, Social Responsibility

Industry Icon Graham Head Joins Turquoise Mountain Board

The industry leader, a long-time executive at ABC Carpet & Home, has joined the carpet program's board.

4/19/2021
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Graham Head joins the Turquoise Mountain board.

LONDON -- Turquoise Mountain announces that leading carpet industry figure Graham Head has joined the Turquoise Mountain team as a board member. Graham will advise Turquoise Mountain’s carpet team, with a particular focus on supporting the charity’s efforts to build commercial ties between Afghan producer companies and retail and design businesses in the United States, to create jobs and increase incomes for Afghan weaver communities.

Graham brings a wealth of experience to Turquoise Mountain. Until early 2020 he was president and vice chairman of New York iconic retailer ABC Carpet & Home. In his 30 years at the leading homewares store he was responsible for growing annual carpet sales to more than $100 million. He also sits on the board of OBEETEE, India’s largest handwoven carpet company.

“I first visited Turquoise Mountain in Kabul over 10 years ago and I am very excited to now be working with this great team to grow their carpet program. Afghan carpet producers and weavers are some of the best in the world and I am thrilled to be able to support their future growth and prosperity,” says Graham.

“We are absolutely thrilled that our Afghan carpet program will benefit from Graham’s deep industry experience and knowledge,” says Shoshana Stewart, Turquoise Mountain CEO. “Afghanistan produces the most beautiful handwoven carpets in the world, and we are so excited to be introducing them to a growing number of retail businesses, designers and consumers across the world.”

About Turquoise Mountain

Turquoise Mountain was founded in Afghanistan in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales to revive historic areas and traditional crafts, to provide jobs, skills, and a renewed sense of pride. Since then, Turquoise Mountain has restored 150 historic buildings in the old city of Kabul, created jobs for over 10,000 artisans, treated over 136,000 patients at our clinic, and curated major international exhibitions around the world, from the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Turquoise Mountain now supports artisans in four countries - Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan - connecting some of the finest master artisans working today with five-star hotels and prestigious retailers around the world.

Turquoise Mountain’s carpet program is supporting carpet producers and weavers across Afghanistan, creating safe, sustainable jobs for Afghans and connecting them to international markets. To date, Turquoise Mountain has created more than 5,000 jobs and linked Afghan carpet producers to leading retail businesses across the world.
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