As you enter Far Pavilions, it takes you to a different time and place. We offer antiques, art work, both old and new, accessories, and furniture hailing from India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Nepal. The furniture, decoratives, and textiles combine an old world charm and craftsmanship with elements of contemporary styling and functionality, resulting in distinctive pieces that offer limitless possibilities for the home. The furniture is all solid wood construction, with many pieces utilizing reclaimed architectural elements, lending them a rich and romantic heritage.
Our exclusive line of furniture is a well-balanced collection of designs ranging from rustic to eclectic, from antique to contemporary, well proportioned and durable for today’s casual chic lifestyles. It is imbued with style and strength, resulting in affordable pieces to furnish one’s home.
Expanding beyond its ethnic origins, Far Pavilions now travels throughout Asia and the world in search of pieces that reflect local culture yet still remain modern, resulting in the new style of “casual chic” antiques and reproductions.
Ratna Pande: entrepreneur, designer, world traveler. Her love and talent for designing great furniture led her in 2005 to create “Far Pavilions.” Today it has earned the reputation as the foremost imported furniture and accessories store in the greater Houston area. Talent seems to run in the family. Her daughter Divya, an architect who graduated from Rice University in Houston, travels with Ratna on her buying trips. Divya lends her architectural insight in selecting pieces for both the home and business. Her added experience in form and function is a definite plus.
“Our mission”, says Ratna, “is to bring high quality home décor from Asia to the discerning shopper. Our life and life styles have changed so dramatically and we now live in a global environment. It’s so enjoyable to incorporate different world flavors to create a new and dynamic atmosphere in your home! Far Pavilions helps bring a small piece of that international community to you. The personality, character, and essence of your home are directly related to the character and the very soul of the furnishings you select for your home. Far Pavilions not only offers impeccable quality in each item but also a true individuality that cannot be replicated.”
“In our experience we have found one rule of thumb to be true: combine the old and the new, the simple and the complex, the bright and the subdued, excellent quality and utility, and you will always achieve great results. To that end we offer a special kind of furniture that is unique, practical, and affordable, helping every person furnish a place close to the heart – their home.”
“In my travels abroad I find myself drawn to old furniture layered with color and age. The fact that every piece was created by hand as a functional item while still maintaining its artistry gives it a captivating honesty. The human need to incorporate art and beauty into the most fundamental daily objects is amazing, and this is what I look for when selecting products for our store.”
“The India line represents the colonial period in India, influenced by the British, Moghuls, Dutch, Portuguese, and French. The furniture business in colonial India operated in two directions; while the British were shipping spices, precious metals, woods, and silks back to England, the Indian royalty were busy shopping in Europe, thus influencing the design of the furniture and decoratives you see today.”
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