Monthly Archives: January 2011

The First Carpet Sale!

Iranian Senneh Kilim

Our concentration so far has been on the branding and sourcing, so marketing and sales are taking a back seat for the time being. However we did exhibit some items at the Overseas Women’s Club of Bangalore Christmas Bazaar in December, and made a few small sales there. Thanks to that publicity, and word of mouth, we already have a number of people interested in us, and recently made our first carpet sale!

A gorgeous Senneh kilim runner from Iranian Kurdistan will definitely be appreciated in its new home, although Nisha is going to have to learn not to be so sad to see her prized stock leave her! Luckily she still has plenty more, such as this peacock design, also a Senneh kilim but a very different style.

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A Bit About Nisha…

Mike, Tiya and Nisha at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Having introduced Arastan I thought I’d better also introduce myself.

I am originally from Mumbai but have been away more than I have actually been there. I have lived in Delhi (I worked for Development Alternatives), the US and the UK, and have been in Bangalore for nearly five years now. My experience over the past 16 years has been in IT and General Management, most recently as the Country Head for India for a small IT Consultancy (Thorogood Associates) headquartered in the UK. Whilst I loved what I did I decided I had had enough of the pressures and long hours and finished working there at the end of 2010. Not being one to sit still for long though I am now focussed on making a successful business out of my passion for travel and culture and my interest in Islamic Art, and carpets in particular, hence Arastan!

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Arastan is Born…

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The sights, sounds, smells of ancient trading routes…

the bustling bazaars and souks of ancient Constantinople…

the coming together of diverse cultures, peoples, traditions, crafts…

the colours of the deserts, the camel caravans traversing them…

the bridge between East and West through ancient cities: Chang’an, Dunhuang, Kashgar, Yarkend, Khotan, Herat, Almaty, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Merv, Nishapur, Isfahan, Babylon, Jerusalem, Damascus, Aleppo, Konya, Constantinople…

the art and architecture of majestic monuments: Daming Palace, Khoja Akhmad Yassavi mausoleum, Registan, Minaret Kalyan, Ichan-Kala, Buddhas of Bamiyan, Chogha Zanbil, Meydan-e Imam, Shirvanshahs’ Palace, Karatay Han…

the silks, the perfumes, the spices…

the gems: lapis lazuli, jade, cornelian, turquoise…

the embroidery, suzanis, carpets, kilims, dhurries…

the mosaics, patterns, designs…

Arastan is an endeavour to share the history and culture of the Silk Road through a range of exquisite handcrafted products including silks, gems, carpets and ceramics. These are made by artisans and master craftsmen following centuries-old traditions, …

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    Arastan was an online store that curated rare and handpicked treasures from exotic bazaars along the ancient silk route. Unfortunately we ceased trading in early 2014.

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