Aki Rahman knows the market of antiques and decorative accessories well. As co-owner of Tempe's Indus Design Imports, along with his brother John, Rahman travels around the world collecting on-of-a-kind items and unusual pieces for his sprawling warehouse. The 28-year-old business carries treasures that date back over 200 years. Sometimes these items require adjustments. "It may just be a decorative piece, but I try to make it into something functional." Thus, Rahman often takes old items and transforms their use to appeal to modern-day senses. He has turned an antique ceramic pot into a lamp, an elephant seat into a coffee table, and a wood panel into a custom door. "I like pieces with a lot of character, ones that are more casual and rustic. I think that's a very important element in our decor." indusdesign.com; 480.966-4685
My mother was a sculptor and an artist.
I have some pieces she created that I really
The whole world is a museum to me, but I
think the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
New York is amazing. The collections come
from all over the world. I love the variety.
A beautiful old paisley shawl that's in fine
condition. It came from Kashmir, India, and
is around 200 years old.
My family owned several antique stores in
India, and I was always tagging along with
my father on buying trips, visiting clients and
going to our shops.
I love to fish and usually go to Mexico
I like things that are comfortable. It's not just
about decor, but how you live with the things you have.
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