AfghanTribalArts

Afghan Tribal Arts: Handcarved Beads & Vintage Textiles

Kentucky, United States · 690 Sales

AfghanTribalArts

Afghan Tribal Arts: Handcarved Beads & Vintage Textiles

Kentucky, United States 690 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(264)

Announcement   Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the early 1980's. It supplies fine bead stores and galleries with traditional handcrafted beads, textiles, jewelry and more. The beads and supplies sold here on Etsy provide much needed work for Afghan artisans.. The vintage items reflect the trade and craftsmanship that has thrived in the region for centuries, a special place known as the Silk Road.

Free shipping on purchases over $100! Items purchased from this shop can be shipped together with anything purchased from rayela.etsy.com and oshiwa.etsy.com as they are housed in the same location.

Announcement

Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the early 1980's. It supplies fine bead stores and galleries with traditional handcrafted beads, textiles, jewelry and more. The beads and supplies sold here on Etsy provide much needed work for Afghan artisans.. The vintage items reflect the trade and craftsmanship that has thrived in the region for centuries, a special place known as the Silk Road.

Free shipping on purchases over $100! Items purchased from this shop can be shipped together with anything purchased from rayela.etsy.com and oshiwa.etsy.com as they are housed in the same location.

Abdul Wardak

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Abdul Wardak

Jade Bead: Hand Carved Flower 3
US$3.00
Jade Bead: Hand Carved Flower 1
US$3.00
Blonde Onyx Jade Bead: Hand Carved Taweez
US$3.00
Diamond Drop Pendant Bead, Hand Carved Onyx
US$3.00
Jade Bead: Hand Carved Flower #2
US$3.00
Stone Pendant Packet, Afghan Mix 17
US$20.00
Stone Pendant Packet, Afghan Mix 14
US$20.00
Stone Pendant Packet, Afghan Mix 2
US$20.00
Kuchi Seed Bead Necklace, Multi-Color
US$24.00
Kuchi Seed Bead Necklace, Eggshell
US$24.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(264)
pashtanabibi216

pashtanabibi216 on Jun 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I really love this and it looks great. It's hard to find things like this elsewhere.

Helen R Klebesadel

Helen R Klebesadel on May 31, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love it. Even better than it appeared.

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About

Afghan Tribal Arts: The beauty of Central Asia.

Abdul found that he could help people in his mother country and have a meaningful business in the United States by importing hand made beads and all the other beautiful crafts we carry in Afghan Tribal Arts.

The core of the business is in the beads. Abdul maintains a regular bead show route between Wisconsin and Florida, stopping along the way at galleries and bead shops that carry his wares. The beads are made by artisans in Peshawar, Pakistan, and in Afghanistan. This is an important source of income for these artists. The gemstones are mined locally and are all hand carved. We choose to promote an unpolished finish as it we love the sheen the beads take on over time.

We also carry vintage textiles, carpets, and other crafts. Afghan Tribal Arts has a retail gallery in Pendleton, South Carolina and will be opening a warehouse/showroom in Paducah, Kentucky.

We focus on smaller items that are easier to ship in our Etsy shop. But, if you see something on our website that you like, do not hesitate to ask about it. We love what we do and strive for happy customers. We also feature our customers on our website. If you have purchased from us and would like to show it off, please contact us about being featured.

We are convo friendly and hope that our products will create bridges between cultures. We try to find out as much information as we can about our vintage items and strive to educate and connect as we sell.

Thank you for your interest and support!

We do announce new products on our Facebook page, so make sure to follow us there:
http://www.facebook.com/AfghanTribalArts

Abdul is also a poet!
http://writingsofabdulwardak.com/

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Shop members
  • Abdul Wardak

    Owner

    Hi! I'm from Afghanistan but immigrated to the United States in the early 1980's. I fell in love with the crafts of my mother country and began Afghan Tribal Arts a few years after moving to the States. Enjoy what I have to offer!

  • Rachel Biel

    Right Hand Woman.

    I help Abdul with his online presence. We were partners in a gallery in Chicago and continue to work together online. Visit my shop here on Etsy, too! Shipping combined. http://www.etsy.com/shop/rayela

Shop policies

Last updated on February 7, 2011
Afghan Tribal Arts is owned by Abdul Wardak, native of Afghanistan, and importer of beads and crafts from Central Asia. Visit our website, www.afghantribalarts.com for sample images of our inventory. We will be happy to try to carry similar items to what you see there here on Etsy if they fit within Etsy's guidelines. Shipping is a concern on larger pieces, so we stick to smaller pieces when selling online.

Afghan Tribal Arts supports many artisans living in the Peshawar region through the sale of its crafts, especially with new beads and jewelry. We hope that the beauty of these handworks will inspire people to take a deep interest in Afghanistan and its culture.

Follow us on facebook for new updates, bead show schedules, and other information. The products sold in this Etsy store are housed in the same place as those found on Rayela Art (www.rayela.etsy.com) and can be shipped together.

Accepted payment methods

  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
We prefer Pay Pal. Customers are given a three day grace period for payments, but immediate payments are deeply appreciated.
Shipping
I ship world wide and offer free shipping on purchases over $100. Multiple purchases are combined into one shipment.

Etsy has a system during the listing process where we have to estimate how much an item will cost in shipping if purchased with another item. This can be difficult given that I have a range of sizes and weights that could end up in a mix very different from the amount quoted. I refund the difference if it is over $.50 and often cover the expense if it's more than what was estimated, but every now and then, it might be too big of a difference. I can fit lots of the smaller items into a flat rate envelope, but on larger pieces, it would be best to ask about shipping if the total will be under $100.

International customers- I've had to revise this free shipping offer on heavier items- but I'll cover at least $20 on shipping.

Prices are quoted for USPS flat rate envelopes or priority mail, but I can ship snail mail if preferred. I use simple packaging, recycling when possible. I use Pay Pal's shipping services which provides a bar code and excellent tracking services, so I normally do not recommend insurance and confirmation, but can include it if requested. Customer pays for the extras.

International customers, we are not allowed to describe our packages as "gifts". I know it decreases your customs fees, but other sellers have gotten into trouble for that, so it's really not a good idea.
Refunds and Exchanges
I accept returns on any purchase for any reason. I believe not seeing the item right in front of you is the downside of buying/selling online, so I am happy to take things back that do not fulfill your expectations. I have had very few returns over the years and I work hard on photos and descriptions in order to describe the item as best as possible.

Returns must be done within 10 days of item receipt. I refund the purchase, but not shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale inquiries are welcome from any business with a tax ID number.