The Silk Road Gallery reconnects us, Peter Bennion and Kay Wallace, with the vision of our earlier shops Bringing It All Back Home and our original shop Freewheelin’ - which opened in 1974 with a water bed, Indian bedspreads, some handmade pottery and not much much more.
Bringing It All Back Home had the character of a Silk Road bazaar inspired by trips to Morocco, Afghanistan and India following of our love of travel and the beauty of the unique handmade things we encountered.
We segued into The Futon Shop and the Natural Bed Company, a constant theme being textiles and timber. As the Natural Bed Company has developed a more Scandinavian style, we've opened the Silk Road Gallery to showcase the vintage textiles, objects, art and images from the lands of the Silk Road that have been an enduring passion.
The Silk Road had many branches, extending down into the desert towns of Rajasthan where traders would rest by stepwells providing water and relief from the heat of the dry season. Today, stepwells are mostly neglected, dry and forgotten - a tragedy as they are architectural wonders, underground and unseen. Currently exhibited at the Silk Road Gallery are Peter's photographs of The Forgotten Stepwells of Rajasthan, taken on two trips to India in 2017.