The Armenian Ceramics-Balian Ltd

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The Armenian Ceramics-Balian Ltd

The Armenian Ceramics-Balian Ltd
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Speciality & Gift Shops
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Exclusive hand painted tiles and pottery since 1922. One of the oldest if not the oldest pottery and hand painted tile stores in the Middle East. The Balian family was brought over to Jerusalem in 1919 by the British Mandate authorities to renovate the ceramic tiles of the famous Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. They now produce exclusive hand painted pottery items such as plates, vases, dinner sets and many more both functional and decorative pottery items. They enjoy both local and tourist clients on top of the large internet presence. Last but not least we specialize in ceramic tiles both hand painted and custom for such projects as bathrooms,kitchens, ceramic tables,pools and fountains. We send our products to the rest of the world . Personal service and extremely fair prices for hand painted pottery and tiles.
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Batusay
1 contribution
Original and Authentic Art, Great Service
Jun 2021
Balian Armenian Ceramics is truely a jem, located in one of the most fascinating places
on earth. I visited Balian several times and purchased items which I enjoy daily.
Written June 28, 2021
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worldfrom
New South Wales, Australia18 contributions
Hand made quality ceramics and service
May 2019 • Couples
Australia is a long way from Jerusalem so we were nervous purchasing the beautiful product produced here. It all arrived safely, swiftly and perfectly to instruction — maybe it helped that our address in Australia is “the Promised Land”? I jest. But this is just outside of the Old City but not outside the high standards of craftsmanship we all seek in our precious ceramic purchases.
Written May 24, 2019
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Thank you for the nice review. We work hard to please all our clients and friends and your notes makes us push for better and higher quality pottery
Written January 21, 2020
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Jeff M
4 contributions
Amazing works of art and friendly folks!
Mar 2019
We stumbled on Balian Ceramics by accident, on the road between our hotel and the Damascus Gate of the old city of Jerusalem. We intended to find an Armenian ceramics shop on this visit to Jerusalem and turns out, much to our surprise, that this was the same shop we visited while in Israel 40 years ago! Their work is stunning and they treat their customers right. We bought three pieces and had them shipped back to the States for a very reasonable price. We just can’t recommend them highly enough. The shops in the old city are filled with fake Jerusalem pottery so shop with care. Balian is the real thing and each piece is a genuine work of art.
Written April 5, 2019
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gpen92
Milan, MI14 contributions
Beautiful art, beautiful people--Customer service above and beyond!!
Jan 2019
Visited while on a tour of the holy land with a group of college students. Our tour coordinator had taken a group here before and said it was a must. I agree! Our group (30+) visited early, before it was open to the public. We had a tour of the small workshop and firing room, saw an artist hand painting a bowl, saw numerous examples of the gorgeous tiles and pieces this studio has produced for a wide range of clients. We shopped in the studio store. The range of products available fit every budget--individual tiles to mugs and large bowls and platters, there was something for everyone. My only complaint was that each tile or bowl was more beautiful than the last, making my purchasing decision difficult!

I opted to have my purchase shipped back to the States; through no fault of Balian Ceramics, there was a mix up with my local post office and my bowl made to my hometown but was shipped back to Jerusalem before I knew it had arrived. I worked directly with Neshan Balian, owner of the studio, to resolve the situation. He offered to ship the bowl back to the States at their expense. In return, he asked me to make a donation to a children's charity of my choice, which I gladly did. I was pleased to finally receive my bowl, well packaged and as beautiful as I remembered it the day I purchased it. I would highly recommend this studio for a unique, non-touristy experience in Jerusalem.
Written March 23, 2019
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My only complaint was that each tile or bowl was more beautiful than the last, making my purchasing decision difficult! How can I not be happy with such an outstanding review. Apologies for delayed reply Lots of love from a freezing Jerusalem Neshan
Written January 21, 2020
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Mario603
Sao Paulo - Brazil29 contributions
Fabulous. A must see in Jerusalem
Feb 2019 • Solo
It was my second visit to Balian's art gallery and shop. First time was in 2013 and we had the honour to talk to Mme Balian herself. She showed us a piece of her art and told us many aspects of the ceramics they produce. Today I revisited the site and was told that Mme Balian passed away recently. Despite the loss for all admirers of her work, her legacy continues as her familiy mantains the highest standard on ceramic creation. The pieces I saw today are amazing as always. Not only beautiful, but functional and, for sure, timeless.
Written February 25, 2019
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What a nice reply. The loss of my mother was really a hard blow to me and the studio . The good thing about this tragedy is that I am surrounded every day by the beauty of her art. It is very hard to keep up the quality of our parents and grandparents but I think we are doing a good job at keeping these artistic levels second to noe. Wish you all the best and seee you soon Neshan
Written March 12, 2019
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stefanmeier2018
Cologne, Germany1 contribution
wonderful, colourful tile mural
May 2018 • Business
Two years ago while in Jerusalem we found this Shop and since then it was clear that our new apartment should have one of the beautiful tile murals Balian offers. Now we ordered "The Olive Tree" online and it was shipped - securly packed - to Germany. No broken tiles, quick delivery and always plenty of good and helpful informations with a good sense of humour. Even when we had problems to find matching tiles for the rest of the kitchen backslash, Neshan knew a distributor of matching tiles in our hometown in Germany!
So, we can really recommend Balian, even when you're not able to go to Jerusalem, it's easy and save to order via internet!
Thank you very much!
Hildegard and Stefan Meier, Cologne, Germany

P.S. we'll send a picture as soon as possible
Written May 30, 2018
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What a nice review Stefan. Just saw your kitchen tile backsplash Olive Tree of Jerusalem . Sometimes I get used to all the tiles around me but the best part is when a satisfied and happy client sends me an image of the actual installation. Beautiful and spectacular Stefan. See you soon again in Jerusalem
Written July 4, 2018
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Hadas C
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BEAUTIFEL CERAMIC
May 2018 • Solo
We enjoyed looking around in this beautiful shop.
They have a very big selection of ceramics, and especially a big variety of tiles.
The owner was very helpful and patient.
I would recommened everyone to go and have a look at this place.
Written May 5, 2018
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Many thanks. It was a pleasure dealing with you and sure that you will have a beautiful tile backsplash for your kitchen
Written May 13, 2018
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George W
Shaker Heights, OH20 contributions
A collector's delight
Jan 2017 • Couples
On visits to Jerusalem my wife and I often make time to visit this ceramic tile and pottery studio. I work in ceramic tile and mosaics in the States and I can confidently state that the pieces you'll see at Balian's are outstanding.
Written December 13, 2017
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Many thanks for the nice review. Its an honor getting compliments from a connoisseur of ceramic art. See you soon
Written December 24, 2017
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lvhg2017
Falmouth, MA2 contributions
A "must-see" unique and authentic hand-crafted ceramic shop in East Jerusalem
Nov 2017 • Couples
We found this wonderful shop on Nablus Road near the Damascus Gate. Ring the bell outside and you will be buzzed in. Be sure to check their hours in advance. The hand-decorated ceramics are extraordinarily beautiful, with brilliant colors and unique designs, and the Balian family history is a fascinating story of Jerusalem. The owner will show you the workshop, as well as the shop, which has a marvelous array of decorative tiles, plates, and other functional ware. In addition, the shop has amazing large tile works by Marie Balian, the matriarch of the family who came here originally in 1923. Her work has been shown in many countries, including at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. You should plan at least an hour to browse; the variety of colorful and intricate designs is a treat for the eye. You can buy and carry home; or order and have it shipped. I treasure the several plates I bought. Now using them almost daily reminds me of my special visit. You won't find this quality anywhere else in Jerusalem. And the Balian family are courteous, friendly, patient, and more than willing to help.
Written November 28, 2017
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A lovely review about our studio and the work which we do here. It is not an easy task to keep up the high level of artistic ceramics which we strive for but we do our best. It is people like you who appreciate our hard work which makes it all worthwhile > Lots of love from Jerusalem. Neshan Balian
Written December 24, 2017
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jin6x
UK1,093 contributions
Beautiful Hand Crafted Pottery
Nov 2017 • Family
Immaculately designed pottery is in abundance in this little shop on Nablus Road. We had difficulty in choosing our favourites, they're all good!
Written November 5, 2017
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Thank you for the lovely review. We hope that you enjoyed the list. May I wish you a very Happy New Year for you and your loved ones
Written December 24, 2017
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