❝ You ask for my story: this passion is my destiny.

Drink erased my sorrow: this wine is good, so good for me. ❞ †  

 

Vision

Craftestan is more than just a business – it’s a labour of love. Our passion for Persian culture and its exquisite handicrafts has inspired us to create a platform where artists and artisans can showcase their talents and share their stories with the world. We believe in the transformative power of art and the importance of supporting local communities. By choosing to shop with us, you’re not just buying a beautiful, handcrafted piece – you’re investing in a brighter future for artisan communities across the country. Join us on this journey to celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of Persia.

 

Values

 There’s something truly special about a handmade piece – a sense of uniqueness, individuality, of soul. At Craftestan, we believe that the beauty of handmade lies not just in the finished product, but in the story behind it. We’re obsessed with sourcing the finest raw materials, developing designs that speak to the heart of traditional motifs and techniques, and working with skilled artisans who pour their hearts and souls into each and every piece they create. Our goal is to create pieces that are as unique as the individuals who make them, and that honour the beauty of simplicity and the power of passion. When you choose a Craftestan piece, you’re choosing to own a one-of-a-kind work of art – a true expression of love and pride.

 

 

Fair Trade

Craftestan isn’t just another business – it’s a force for positive change. Our social enterprise model is built on the foundation of fairness, sustainability, and empowerment. We believe that the artisans and craftspeople we work with are the true heart and soul of our enterprise, and we’re dedicated to supporting them in every way we can. By investing in skill development, productivity enhancement, technical innovation, and market awareness, we’re creating a new paradigm for crafts that promotes gender equality, fair wages, and growth. We’re on a mission to show the world that business can be a force for good – join us and be part of the change!

 

Empowering Persian Craftswomen

The debut collection from Craftestan is more than just a showcase of beautiful embroidery – it’s a testament to the power of women’s work and collaboration. In the provinces of Khorasan, Balochistan, and Azerbaijan in Iran, over 100 talented needleworkers have come together to create a stunning array of pieces that reflect their culture, history, and identity. These women are not just artisans – they are breadwinners, caregivers, and change-makers in their communities. Through their work in groups, they forge connections and relationships that last a lifetime. Every Craftestan piece is a tribute to their skill, their passion, and their determination to overcome adversity.

 

 

 

An Iranian woman sits at a wooden loom in Meybod, Iran, weaving brightly coloured fabric using traditional techniques. The loom is adorned with woven textiles, and the woman's hands deftly manipulate the threads as she works. In the background, a sun-drenched landscape of rocky hills and blue sky provides a scenic backdrop to the scene.

†  RUMI 2016, LOVE IS MY SAVIOR : POEMS OF RUMI, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS, EAST LANSING, MI

 
†  Rumi 2016, Love Is My Savior : Poems of Rumi, Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI

 
†  Rumi 2016, Love Is My Savior: Poems of Rumi, Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI