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Stoneage Arts was founded in 1987 by brothers Raj and Babu Shah. A customer was relentless in pursuing us, asking “Where are you guys? I need more of the product!” We were pleasantly surprised and finally decided to take the customer request seriously. You see several years earlier, with a very talented cousin Tinu, we had imported African products and for many months we tried to sell them to other retail outlets with limited success. This customer, however, agreed to see us after our first phone conversation and bought our entire stock – what an experience! We'll save that story for another day!

Raj and Bhanu, who were born and raised in Kenya and living in London at the time, decided to move to the US to grow the business. Babu looked after the day to day African operations.

Our passion for handcrafted art grew as we travelled from one African country to another, giving us the opportunity to work directly with the artisans. Our current business model started to take root as we saw how talented they were in creating amazing work, in most cases just using their hands and basic hand tools. We continued to expand our global network and now represent artisans across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

We have always treated the artisans and their families fairly and even today those artisans, their families and community work with us in developing and designing new products. Bhanu, who passed away in February 2014, is greatly missed and leaves a blessed memory of working countless hours with the artisans. In honor of Bhanu's compassion for humanity, the AmmAs Helping Hands foundation was founded to serve struggling communities of the world.

Most items are produced from organic, sustainable, recycled or natural materials that are harvested legally and in an ecologically friendly way. For several years now, we have embraced the re-purpose of materials like bottle caps, wire, aluminum cans, glass and rubber.

One can make a difference

All items are produced with a consciousness towards the environment and the preservation and revival of the local handicraft traditions around the globe. We together help to create income and a better lifestyle for the artisans, their families and their community. Thank you for keeping the Artisan Sprit alive.