Inspirations

April 09, 2006|By STEPHANIE SHAPIRO

SPLURGE OF THE WEEK

HOUNDS AT REST

CARPETBEGGERS

513 Mitchell Drive , Reisterstown

By appointment only. 410-329-3181; carpetbeggers.com

Who knew the Silk Road led to Reisterstown? Donna Hoffman has expanded Carpetbeggers, a Persian rug emporium, by opening a warehouse filled with antique Chinese furniture. Working with an export company, Hoffman ordered a shipping container crammed with armoires, painted cabinets, tables, trunks, bowls, vases and baskets. The container arrived from Beijing in February and another shipment is expected shortly. Most of the pieces date from the later years of the Qing Dynasty and come with a certificate of authenticity, says Hoffman, who has been studying Chinese history until the wee hours. Prices range from $10 to $1,800.

[Stephanie Shapiro]

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