The world is changing: Six decades ago, when Sam Maloof was told to access a client’s home through the servant’s entrance, it was not unusual for the son of immigrants from the Middle East to be regarded as someone not quite worthy of respect in the eyes of the privileged. Issues of diversity, equality, inclusion, and accessibility had not yet entered mainstream awareness, and polite society didn’t yet talk about the many ways lines are drawn to stigmatize and exclude people based on the color of their skin.
Alfreda Maloof, who had worked as a teacher at the Indian Boarding School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, saw her own life transformed by cross-cultural experience. Working alongside the potter Maria Martinez and other Native American artists, Alfreda learned how the art of a master craftsperson speaks universally in every language, across cultures, without regard to race or ethnicity.  It was a lesson she would bring into her marriage to Sam.
Within a few years, furniture created in the workshop founded by Sam and Alfreda Maloof, would be displayed proudly in homes both humble and elite, commissioned for corporate boardrooms, and selected to inspire the faithful in houses of worship of several religions. Sam and Alfreda would be welcomed to the White House by President Ronald Reagan, and would come to count President Jimmy Carter among their friends.
But the Maloofs never forgot where they came from. Born of California, Sam and Alfreda understood opportunity as a force for good in the world. They knew a society that limits the possibilities of its people based on skin color, religion, national origin, gender or other attributes of identity, diminishes its collective capacity to dream, discover and build the future.
Given this history—and the fervently held values of our founders—the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts now stands in solidarity with those who protest against systemic racism and hate that affect black people disproportionately. Black Lives Matter. As we seek to uplift our community through art, craft and education, we commit ourselves to listen, advocate and share what we learn with others, across our differences, in pursuit of greater mutual understanding.  We seek diversity. We welcome collaboration. We celebrate change for the better.
In the language of the Tongva people, upon whose ancestral lands the diverse people of contemporary California live, “Wehee’am.” We are together. We are with you.
Jim Rawitsch
Executive Director
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts


"I enjoy coming to the Maloof house - and often bring friends and family there. The place is wonderful, the house and grounds - the gift store - everything is a true delight. The staff is always very nice. Thanks for being there to all."  - Melissa 


"Excellent presentation superior cultural-historical-artistic resource.." - Jane


“This is a very special place, dedicated to one of the great woodworkers of our time. ... It is visually stunning and at the same time presents a flow and feel of relaxation. I think you must see it some time. Put it on your bucket list! Special place to visit.”  -H. G. Smith


"What a genius Mr. Maloof was. I feel honored to have experienced this tour." - Liz

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts is a member of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program (HAHS) of the National Trust for Preservation.  HAHS is a coalition of 30 museums that were homes and working studios of American artists. Come, witness creativity!

Maloof Service Animal Policy

The Maloof welcomes all visitors, including those assisted by a service animal. Visitors with a registered service animal are permitted in all publicly accessible areas.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Maloof recognizes only dogs as Service Animals. These animals are specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animal at all times, and are required to keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.


Emotional support animals are not recognized as service animals under the ADA; we apologize for the inconvenience, however, The Maloof is unable to accommodate them. 






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The Maloof is a Smoke Free Facility.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere

on the property or in the parking lots.







How does the state define an e-cigarette?

Tobacco product means “a product containing, made, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption [including] an electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah…”
Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 22950.5(d)(1) (2019)Cal. Health & Safety Code § 104495(8)(A) (2019)


Public Days & Hours:

Saturdays 10AM - 4PM

Gates open at 9:45AM


For Home Tours: 

Please click HERE for Home Tour information and times



General Information:

Phone 909.980.0412

Address: 5131 Carnelian St.

Alta Loma, CA 91701

(use Rancho Cucamonga for GPS)


Foundation Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation Offices will be closed on the following holidays :

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Presidents' Day

Memorial Day

July 4th

Labor Day

Veterans Day


Christmas Eve


New Year's Eve

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Tongva world, including the Los Angeles Basin, South Channel Islands, San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, and portions of Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for the Taraaxatom (Indigenous peoples) in this place. As institutions located on unceded Indigenous land, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (ancestors), 'Ahiihirom (elders), and ̓Evoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging.

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