So many Orthodox Christians and catechumens have come to us asking us where they can find an icon of a certain Saint or feast day because they have no idea where to look. There are so many supposed “Orthodox” icon dealers online that it’s hard to know which ones you should trust or buy from. That’s why we created this resource of our top 10 online Orthodox icon shops to help you in your search for your next icon!
Note: These are in no particular order. Different shops offer different styles of icons, as well as different saints.
Firstly, Uncut Mountain Supply has an extensive inventory of icons to choose from, with many different sizes and types. From the Theotokos and Christ to feast days and patron saints, you can browse their collection of over 1,000 icons.
One thing we absolutely love about Uncut Mountain Supply is their option to commission a custom family icon (see above). You can choose any icon of Christ or the Theotokos from their online catalog to sit in the center or top. Then, you select the patron saints of each family member from the catalog. If the icon you are looking for isn’t in their catalog, you can even request a custom icon!
Founded by Orthodox Christians in the Antiochian Archdiocese, Legacy Icons offers beautiful Orthodox icon reproductions. They also have over 50 varieties of incense, as well as crosses, candles, prayer ropes, and spiritual books.
Legacy Icons holds the rights to each icon they reproduce by either commissioning it exclusively for them, or by performing a balanced restoration of ancient icons under public domain to preserve their beauty for generations to come.
Monastiriaka is the online icon shop for Mount Athos, whose monks produce many edifying products for Orthodox Christians around the world. Since the monks’ greatest concern is their spiritual duties in prayer and worship, they only produce products when they have spare time. When ordering from them, then, please remember that items will be in limited quantities according to the season. In addition to their beautiful Orthodox icons, they also sell:
- Holistic/natural health products, like tinctures, herbs, and oils
- Wines, honeys, olive oil, and other natural foods
- Beeswax candles
- Crosses and prayer ropes
- Holy bread Prosphora seals
- Liturgical, prayer, and chanting books
This online icon shop deals exclusively in Orthodox icons and produce high-quality print icons painted by the Fathers of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Their shop currently has close to 1000 images on file and continues to grow every day!
They recently obtained a new large printer that they can use to make canvas prints for the iconostasis in Orthodox churches. They also add custom gold leafing to icons upon request.
A husband and wife from Bulgaria run this online Orthodox icon shop. Every icon in their shop is hand-painted, and they accept custom orders if there is a saint or feast day you would like that they do not have in their product listings.
Keep in mind that these icons ship from Bulgaria, so it may take a bit longer to receive them than from online icon shops in the United States!
Located in Boscobel, Wisconsin, this monastery writes absolutely beautiful hand-painted Orthodox icons for their shop. For most of their current inventory, you can choose between laminated prints or mounted icons. The monks at the monastery also accept custom requests for icons, if there is a saint or feast day you are looking for in particular.
Damascene Gallery carries what we call premium icons, as well as printed frescoes and full iconostasis icons. In the premium icon, the face is recessed and thus the main part of the icon is on a different plain than the frame. Not many other Orthodox icon shops offer this option! Learn more about premium icons from Father Jonah Campbell:
Blessed Mart is another Orthodox icon studio/shop based in Bulgaria. They sell icons of various male and female saints, feast days, Christ, and the Theotokos. They offer many styles of iconography (all canonical, of course!) and all of their icons are hand-painted. Particularly beautiful are their hand-painted wall crosses.
Father Matthew’s work in his online shop ranges from large murals to postage stamp-size icons. In addition, he hosts iconography workshops at his studio in Idaho.
Nioras is our final online Orthodox icon shop that made the top ten list. This shop is located in Greece, so take care when estimating how long your package may take to reach you. Nioras offers many unique kinds of icons you will probably not find at the other stores we’ve listed, including:
- Hand-carved icons
- Silver and aluminum plated icons with gold overlay
- Beeswax and incense icons
- Handmade enamel icons
Nioras also has many different frescoes available, for churches looking to add iconography to their walls.
A Word of Caution
Before we close this post, we do want to caution you about a certain “Orthodox” icon shop called Monastery Icons (https://www.monasteryicons.com). While outwardly they appear Orthodox, they bless their pictures (not icons) in occult rituals and incorporate Hindu and pagan idol worship practices into the creation of their products. While most Orthodox priests and bishops are aware of the spiritual danger of this cult and the things it sells, many laity are not. That said, please avoid this particular company. Father Anthony Nelson of the Antiochian Archdiocese wrote about his experience with the people behind Monastery Icons back in 2004.
If you happen to have purchased a picture or any other product from this company, many Orthodox priests urge you to burn them in the proper manner. Since their pictures do not follow the canons of iconography set forth by the early Church, a mere exorcism or blessing does not suffice.
Go forth and shop
Now you are all set to begin your search for your next icon! Is there a favorite icon shop you have purchased from that we didn’t include in our list? Share in the comments below!
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