Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sturee Tribal Village is now closed!

The gallery has been closed and the inventory will be moving to Beads and Rugs in Paducah, Kentucky.

Beads and Rugs by Afghan Tribal Arts  -  626 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky

Beads and Rugs opened in the Fall of 2017 and is a fully stocked bead shop with a healthy selection of carpets and gifts from Central Asia and other countries.  The store is conveniently located in Paducah's downtown business district.

Abdul is still doing bead shows, so he comes and goes. Call him if you need something specific!  847-602-6651

You can also shop online through our shop on Etsy:

Thank you to all of our customers and friends in Pendleton! 

We hope to see you again in Paducah or on the road!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Website!

After twelve years with the same design, the Afghan Tribal Arts website was outdated, weary, and not very useful anymore.  We are pleased to announce that it has gone through a Wordpress face-lift!  As our inventory is so huge, we are using an illustrated blog format to talk about our products.  Sturee Tribal Village, our retail gallery, also has a presence over there.  So, we will not be posting much over here anymore.

Click on this link to see posts that include Sturee Tribal Village.   

And, be sure to check out our shop on Etsy!  Click! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ft. Lauderdale Show

Sturee Tribal Village has a booth at the Bead Mercantile Show this weekend.  Click on the image below for Show info and directions:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Afghan Tribal Arts in Tucson!

Afghan Tribal Arts is in Tucson!

Gem and Bead Show 2012

Howard Johnson's, Room 149

Through February 13

For stories about the trip, visit Rayela's Fiber Focus.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fly away on your own magic carpet!

Maymana Kilim, Afghan Tribal Arts

Handmade wool carpets and kilims are wonderful!  They are much healthier to live with than synthetic ones.  Their natural oils allows for easier cleaning and they just have so much character and depth to them.  An old one, with repairs and wear, is especially treasured by collectors and pundits.  I've often wondered what it would be like if an old carpet came to life one day and told its story.  Especially one that traveled around on a caravan....  Gabbeh, the movie, captures some of this in its story.  A young woman's longing for a young man she cannot have, she weaves her story into the rug.  Past and future are captured in the threads:

We have been working hard at getting Afghan Tribal Arts stocked on Etsy.  There is now a great selection of beads, jewelry, textiles, and finally, a few rugs.  Part of the problem is that rugs take up so much room and they are heavy.  Shipping them can be expensive.  Even though we have a good variety and number in our inventory, it's challenging to list them online.

Antique Khal Mahamadi, Afghan Tribal Arts

So, for now, we are listing a few smaller ones.  The one above, for example, is an antique, estimated to be over 100 years old.  Originally, it probably was red and brown.  There is also a newer war rug:

War Rug, Afghan Tribal Arts

War rugs became popular during the war with Russia, a way to document the story.  Now there are ones that talk about the war with the United States and about 9/11.  

To see what we have in stock on our Etsy shop, click here.   We also have many rugs, piles of them, in our Sturee Tribal Village gallery in Pendleton, South Carolina.  If you are in the neighborhood, it's worth a visit!

Piles of rugs at Sturee Tribal Village

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gorgeous video of Afghanistan

One of the most beautiful tributes to Afghanistan and its people that I have seen to date:

The background info:

As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan.  We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush.

Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif
We wanted to go to other places as well but there were several incidents and security was too bad. Just one day after shooting at the blue mosque in Mazar-e Sharif a mob started from the very same place storming the UN building.

I have lived from 2006-2008 in Kabul doing my civil service for a humanitarian aid organization. This March I had the chance to go back with my fiancée to show her the place I love and to capture the beauty of this country with our cameras.

At the same time I made this as a tribute to a dear friend, who was shot in the streets of Kabul. Gayle inspired me in her love and dedication for the Afghans.

Lisa-Maria Puy who composed the music for us was wonderful to work with. We met her on Zanzibar island and back in Germany she composed this wonderful soundtrack within just 3 days (and nights). She studied music at HfM Detmold in Germany and is a very talented artist and we hope to work with her again.
You can contact her on: puy-music[at]

I hope you enjoy and we are happy for your honest feedback.
Lukas and Salome Augustin

more information and production photos:

© by Lukas and Salome Augustin
All rights reserved
Feel free to watch it on Vimeo, to share on Facebook, Twitter etc. but please ask for embed permission and please don't upload the video on Youtube or any other site. Thank you!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Green Serpentine Beads in our Etsy Shop

Green Serpentine from Afghanistan

We have been working steadily on getting the Etsy shop loaded with textiles, jewelry and beads.  We now have a nice selection up of green serpentine.  

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