Country and Eastern has been buying from countries extending from Turkey through the Indian sub-continent to east of Java for nearly 35 years. We have always tended to buy from smaller family run enterprises and most of the families we started with nearly 35 years ago are still supplying us today. In many cases, however, it is the second generation who are now in charge!
- A prime objective of Country and Eastern has been to help keep alive traditional crafts such as wood block printing, handloom weaving, carpet weaving, vegetable dyeing, embroidery, ceramic painting, wood carving and miniature painting. These crafts have been the basis of decorative furnishings coming from these countries for centuries.
- We endeavour to supply our customers with furnishings that have an authenticity that is lacking in many items produced in these countries purely to Western designs.
- Our customers thus obtain furnishings that are part of flourishing traditions that have been passed from generation to generation and whose origins are firmly rooted in the arts and crafts of distant civilizations.
Handloomed weaver in the Hindu Kush.
Rustic pottery being made in villages in northern Thailand.