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Christmas Decorations Galore!

Magenta Floral Snowflake

Last year it was a pleasure working on our Christmas decorations, and we had a great reaction from customers, so this year we have expanded and have been collaborating on designs with a couple more NGOs and our official “Christmas Decoration Designer” Kavita. Most of our decorations have now arrived, are up on our tree in Nandi Durga Road, and we will be showing them off at the OWC Christmas Bazaar in Bangalore this Saturday.

One of the new NGOs we have been working with is ASHA (Academy for Severe Handicaps and Autism). ASHA works to help autistic children become independent in taking care of themselves and to make use of their time productively. One of the ways they do this is through vocational activities, and in our case the children have created and painted beautiful papier mâché decorations. We look forward to supporting ASHA in the future and helping the children develop …

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The Silk Route – India Today Home

The Silk Route - India Today Home p1

Nice well-written piece about Arastan “The Silk Route” in the October India Today Home magazine.

Bangalore shop Arastan is a one-stop shop for rare art and craft pieces from across the world, discovers Ayesha Aleem. Tucked away in an unassuming bungalow in Jayamahal in Bangalore, it is easy to miss out the property that houses artifacts from around the world. Celebrating the fabled Silk Route particularly, this three-month old store is the brainchild of avid traveller and collector Nisha Misra.

Please click on the images to read the rest of the article, or better still come in to our studio on Nandi Durga Road and experience yourself “the retail stopover unlike other décor jaunts”…!

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Arastan Gift Cards

Arastan Gift Card

Looking for a special present for someone but not quite sure what to get? Like something for yourself but can’t quite decide? Then an Arastan Gift Card is the answer…

We’re pleased to announce that we have just launched gift cards, available to buy online and in the Bangalore store. You can enter a personalised message and, if purchasing online, you can choose to have one emailed directly to you, or sent to someone else. Available in various denominations, gift cards can be used either online or in our store.

If bought by November 12th then a gift card will also get you an entry into our Festive Carpet Offer so don’t delay! 🙂

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Festive Carpet Offer

Tazenakht Pendant Carpet

Diwali is here and we are celebrating. Buy anything at Arastan between now and Diwali day and you could win this glorious Moroccan Tazenakht carpet (worth Rs 40,000)!

Any purchase either online at or in our Nandi Durga Road, Bangalore store from now until the end of 12 November 2012 will get you an entry into the draw for this carpet. Each additional item you purchase gets you one more card entered into the pool, so you have many chances to win. On Diwali day itself (13 November) one of our long-term customers, and great supporter, will draw the winning card and we will contact the lucky winner on the day.

Tazenakht, in the High Atlas region of southern Morocco, is at the crossroads of mountainous routes that have witnessed the passing of trade caravans since the 16th century. It has a long history of weaving and selling Berber …

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No Zaakpay, Burma or Rogues – but some Contemporary Rugs

We recently wrote about some exciting enhancements to our website payment gateway. Well after a week of development and test payments we were ready to go live, when back came HDFC Bank to reject our application. Apparently most of our products fall into their “Non Target Profile”. This from the same bank that have provided all our business banking since we started, all our personal banking, our credit card facilities, and offered us an overdraft for financing. This despite us being an existing e-commerce operation with a history of sales that are going through one of HDFC’s competitors currently, and for which we wanted to give them the business! Unfortunately Zaakpay weren’t able to provide us a contact at HDFC to discuss this with, so short of escalating it to HDFC senior management ourselves it seems this will be destined for yet another chapter in Nisha’s planned book on the …

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Exhibition of Old Bangalore Photos, Vintage Maps and Antique Bird Prints

Ali Asker Photo

From Wed 1 to Sat 4 August, Arastan will be hosting a special exhibition of rare photographs of old Bangalore, vintage maps dating back to the eighteenth century, and antique bird lithographs and engravings.

The exhibition is open at the Arastan Studio on Nandi Durga Road from 10:30am to 6:30pm as normal. Please come and browse these and the rest of our collection of wares from our travels. There are always a few surprises in store that are not available on the website!

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Treasures of the Silk Route – Exhibition at Artisans’, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

Handicrafts from the Silk Route

Arastan will be exhibiting its “Treasures of the Silk Route” in Mumbai from 16-18 February.

ARTISANS‘ 52 – 56 Dr V B Gandhi Marg (Behind Rhythm House) Kala Ghoda Mumbai

16,17,18 February; 11am-7pm

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Next stop Morocco!

Morocco at RainTree
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Arastan Exhibition at Raintree

Arastan at Raintree

If you are in Bangalore you may find one of these dropped in your mailbox in the next few days. If not, please join us anyway at RainTree on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September for our first ever exhibition!

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More Postal Woes

Missent to Indonesia

Following on from our Indian Speedpost issues, we recently received some samples in the mail from Uzbekistan, sent using the normally reliable Uzbek Post, which took an interesting route to India!

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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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