Yearly Archives: 2014

Looking Empty

Goodbye Plants!

Thanks to all our customers who have visited in the last couple of weeks – we have very few items left and the store has almost completely been emptied.

We even said goodbye to most of our plants yesterday…

But… …Nisha has been rummaging through her fabric collection from her travels and has still managed to make some more cushions and Turkish inspired ottomans! Email us for details if you are interested.

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The End of the Arastan Journey

Arastan Studio

That I enjoy what I do is well known. But what is less known is that my husband and I have financed the Arastan proof of concept knowing that we would need external investment to take our vision forward. Unfortunately, we have not been able to raise the investment we need. The business is too early and too small for professional investors, and we needed one person who has the financial wherewithal and an interest in artisanal livelihoods to come in as a financial partner and stay through to the stage we could go to professional investors or banks. We never found that person.

And so we close. Our last day for trading will be 31 January 2014 and everything we have in-store and online must go. Prices have been marked down to reflect this and there is many a bargain to be had.

The vision was to expand sourcing …

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  • Welcome to Arastan

    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.

    You can read about the reasons for closure.

    You can still browse some of the products we used to have via the category links above, although none of these are available for purchase.

    Relive our travels and stories by browsing our articles and archives from the menus below.

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