Anne Hildyard started her "Treasures from the Silk Road" business over twenty five years ago. Having travelled overland from England to Central Asia, she was inspired by the ikat silk robes and embroideries of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: "There is very little colour to be seen in the countryside, camels merge into the scrub desert, and even the vast Oxus river that we crossed to reach Uzbekistan was brown, but the women more than compensated. They are the real flowers of the desert, layer upon layer of exotic floral cotton, ikat silk, satin and velvet, embroidered and embellished, from the top of their gold embroidered caps to the toes of their velvet slippers, they are a mass of vibrant colour and textures.
The Grand Bazaar and the surrounding area is the ideal place where specialists in the textiles of Central Asia can be found. Anne has built up a special relationship with these dealers to source the most unique robes and embroideries from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.