ARAS­TAN

India Today - - SIMPLY BANGALORE -

Cel­e­brat­ing the Silk Route is this new store that has re­cently been opened by Ban­ga­lore- based avid trav­eller, Nisha Misra. Af­ter spend­ing many years pur­su­ing a cor­po­rate ca­reer, the savvy busi­ness woman de­cided to trans­late her pas­sion and cu­rios­ity into a ca­reer. With turquoise as a cen­tral colour scheme she has trans­formed the old prop­erty in Ban­ga­lore into a kind of mu­seum to res­ur­rect lost, for­got­ten and lesser known art and craft, pri­mar­ily from Uzbek­istan. The store stocks fine car­pets from des­ti­na­tions as var­ied as Afghanistan and Iran. There are etch­ings for sale by a Thai artist and works by a young Uzbek artist whose paint­ings have an in­ter­est­ing play of light and por­tray the tra­vails of daily life in his coun­try. The store houses framed wa­ter­colour paint­ings of or­nate Ara­bic script ( as it ap­pears on the Bibi Khanym Mosque in Sa­markand), kil­lims, hand­made brass lamps and gi­ant Bukhara plat­ters.

500 for a sil­ver jew­ellery piece to Rs 20,000 each for Bukhara plat­ters

23 Nan­didurga Road, ( op­po­site Air­tel), Jayama­hal Ex­ten­sion, Ban­ga­lore

9900026956; aras­tan. com

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