Category Archives: ~Rare Beautiful Things~

Posts that have to do with the growth and experiences of the company.

Introducing Rare Beautiful Things New Website

It’s been some years since Damany and I started Rare Beautiful Things, collecting goods as we traveled, inspired by numbers of people walking into our home and asking, “where did you get this ashtray (or pillow, bag, etc…)?”. We began … Continue reading

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Weaving Demonstrations in Chinchero

If you’ve ever wondered what “handmade” means when buying one of those intoxicating and colorful weavings in Peru, Chinchero is a great, informational, stop.  In this small town outside of Cusco, demonstrations of the processes that go into creating these … Continue reading

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Handling Haggling in the Bazaar

If you’re going to Istanbul to shop, you’ll no doubt be doing a good amount of that shopping in the Grand Bazaar, where finding and haggling for items can be not only frustrating, but mentally and physically exhausting.  The good … Continue reading

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Expanded Tips for Buying Rugs Abroad

When Grant Martin of Gadling asked me if I would be interested in doing a short video interview about tips for rug buying abroad, I jumped on it.  How cool, I thought, and started writing up some points I could … Continue reading

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Double Knot

A city whose history continues to feed it today, Istanbul’s attractions bring swarms of tourists to Sultanahmet each year, pollinating it with wealth.  I fell in love with its buzzing energy almost immediately; a vibration that made me want more.  … Continue reading

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Disasters Usually Make for Good Stories…

It was Damany and I’s first trip together.  We were to fly into Madrid, catch a train to Sevilla, pick up our rental car, and drive directly to our hotel outside of Algeciras.  It sounded like alot of traveling just … Continue reading

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THE BIRTH OF RARE BEAUTIFUL THINGS

A few hours in Morocco is what did this to us…by “this” I refer to the catching of the travel bug, and an addiction, or need, to interact with different cultures and collect their crafts…to bring home a little piece … Continue reading

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