NORTHAMPTON – If you are interested in Islam, you might get some insights into the religion at the Islamic Arts and Crafts Museum of America. With proprietor Bashir Ahamed showing you around, you are likely to get a lot more.

Ahamed’s new museum, located in the basement of his 213 Main St. store, Basha’s Oriental Rugs, boasts copper samovars, Kani shawls and crewel works from Kashmir. The real education, however, is delivered courtesy of Ahamed and his eclectic, passionate world view.

“Some of us are driven on this Earth,” Ahamed said. “I am not a passenger. I am here to produce beauty.”


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