Peacock House

Turquoise Mountain

The restoration of a historic Murad Khani home

Peacock House
Located in the heart of Murad Khani, the Peacock House was built between 120-150 years ago, placing it between the reigns of Dost Muhammad Khan and Abdur Rahman Khan. The house was an elegant residence for a wealthy Qizilbash courtier whose direct descendants continue to live in the area.
A Long and Varied History
The building originally consisted of three wings, only one of which survives today. A later addition was a female takiyyakhana (a Shia place of worship), in which the women of Murad Khani used to hold an annual Muharram procession in remembrance of Husayn Ibn Ali, Muhammad’s grandson, who died at the Battle of Karbala. After two of the wings collapsed, the owner vacated the house and began to rent it out. Several families succeeded each other, until the house began to be used as a sweet shop after the fall of the Taliban.

The Peacock House is constructed using mud brick on a wooden frame. Its distinctive cedar façade is decorated with a peacock motif, from which the house draws its name. Inside, fine mud plasterwork lines the walls, alongside more recent woodwork.

The Restoration
In the course of Turquoise Mountain’s year-long restoration process, over 200 cubic metres of rubbish were cleared from inside the house; mud plasterwork was exposed, repaired, and in places redone; decorative elements of the façade were conserved or reconstructed; and full sections were lifted with hydraulic jacks, while the stone foundation and damaged structural timbers and brickwork were replaced.
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