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Ethiopian Prayer Beads

Afghan Tribal Arts specializes in vintage textiles, gemstone beads, and tribal rugs. This piece is being sold through Artizan Made and ships from Paducah, Kentucky. Free shipping worldwide on purchases from Afghan Tribal Arts over $250.



This style of prayer beads have been made in Ethiopia for a long, long time. Older ones tend to be heavier and finished with more care. Two halves are joined together to make a hollow bead. I believe these are silver plated tin, but could not find information that confirmed that for sure. Each strand has a yarn tassel attached to a focal bead. These beads are much like Catholic Rosary Beads, used by Christians in Ethiopia. There are 68 beads in a strand.

Length: About 28″

Bead size: 1cm long, 8mm diameter


Afghan Tribal Arts is owned by Abdul Wardak who has imported from Afghanistan and the region since the late 1980’s. Abdul has a passion for all things handmade, but beads and rugs form the core part of his business. The gallery and showroom is located at 626 Broadway in downtown Paducah, Kentucky (USA).

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Abdul Wardak of Afghan Tribal Arts
Abdul Wardak of Afghan Tribal Arts

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Afghan Tribal Arts

I have been importing from Central Asia for over 30 years. Afghan Tribal Arts focuses on hand carved gemstones, beads, tribal jewelry, vintage textiles and nomadic carpets. We have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world. Our gallery is at 626 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. Follow us on Facebook! Let us know if you see something you like in the image section of our Facebook page. We can give you more info if it is still in stock. I am often on the road, doing Bead Shows, but have an assistant at the gallery who can help.  My cell is 847-602-6651 if you need to reach me.  

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