Artisans’ Exchange


Artisans’ Exchange

Date: Last updated on December 13, 2020

At the Aga Khan Museum, beauty is everywhere you look, and the Shop is no exception. With its fabulous selection of artisanal gifts from the Muslim world and beyond — each offering chosen with painstaking care — our retail home is an art exhibition unto itself.


Now, we are opening a new window onto the people, places, and ideas behind the splendour on display. Starting in November, the Museum’s Senior Retail Operations Manager Shoheb Gwaduri will interview designers and thinkers working at the intersection of art, commerce, and community empowerment. Watch this space for the latest instalments of the Artisans’ Exchange conversation series.


Art with Heart: Dressing for a Cause with Nimi Nanji-Simard


A designer of sustainable luxury scarves, Nimi Nanji-Simard opens up to the Shop’s Shoheb Gwaduri about her mission to use fashion to raise awareness about causes close to her heart.



From Istanbul to Isfahan — The History Ceramic Ware from the Islamic World


The Shop’s Shoheb Gwaduri and designer Hande Lena Roy “dish” on the beauty and painstaking craftsmanship of hand-painted Turkish and Persian pottery from the Ottoman era to the present day.



The History of Scent with Mohammad Khalaf


The history and culture of perfumes are as rich and varied as the scents themselves. In the first instalment of the Artisans' Exchange conversation series, master perfumer Mohammad Khalaf, of Kajal Perfumes Paris, speaks to the role of fragrance in Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures and offers tips on how a blend that's perfect for you. 



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