Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites, an American art historian, has lived and worked in India and across the Islamic world for more than forty years. His primary focus has been the revival of traditional Indian and Islamic arts and crafts. Over the years, he has participated in a number of prestigious architectural projects ranging from Mexico to Malaysia which have given work to more than seven thousand master artists, carvers, inlay artisans and calligraphers. His projects include the ornamentation and calligraphy for the Federal Territory Mosque of Kuala Lumpur, the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi and the movable minbar and calligraphy for the Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah Sharif.
He recently collaborated with Bethan Gray, British Designer of the Year
2013, to create furniture and accessories which draw their inspiration from classical Islamic art and architecture titled The Ruby Tree Collection.