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Luxury Asian Art Shops in Phuket

Luxury Asian Art Shops in Phuket
The serious shopper looking for quality goods will be happy to know that there are many options on the island. We’re not talking here about Prada, Gucci or Dior. We are talking about high-quality Asian arts and products.

The range is huge: from clothing, jewelry and accessories to home decorations, fine furniture and handicrafts. Some are antiques and some are reproductions, while many others are made to classy new designs.

Most are produced in Thailand, though beautiful products from nearby Asian countries such as Burma, Indonesia, China, Laos and India can also be found.

These products are not necessarily cheap but they are gorgeous and many of the designs are unique. Shops that stock these high-end products range from dark, quiet shop-houses in Phuket City to large modern shops all over the island.

The demand for such top quality products is a fairly recent phenomenon, sparked by soaring numbers of five-star hotels and luxury homes. Entrepreneurs and dealers in all kinds of fine goods have stepped into the breach, giving Phuket, in a very short time, a reputation as one of a finest shopping centres in Asia. Here, visits a few of the top shops.

1. Asian Ethnic Style products

Aubergine is an interesting little shop in Phuket City, further along Phang Nga Road, at No 115, near the clock tower. It is run by the same team as Island Paradise but the products are very different.

Here you can find hand-made Asian ethnic products from China, India, Thailand and as far as Afghanistan.

Opening Hours: 09:00 to 20:00, Monday to Friday
Location: On Phang Nga Road near the clock tower in Phuket Town
Tel: +66 76 258 336

2. Ban Boran Textiles

Outdoor & Indoor Furniture

Ban Boran Textiles, which opened more than 10 years ago, offers ready-to-wear clothing made from silk and cotton, and a variety of textile wall hangings, table cloths and bags. Co-owner Wandee Keawtawee, who has extensive knowledge of Thai textiles, is usually there to assist customers.

The products are mostly designed and made by villagers in the north and northeast of Thailand, but the shop also has items created by Ishii Katsuaki, a self-trained Japanese designer. One other product line that deserves a mention is the silver jewelry made by hilltribe people in the north of Thailand.
Opening Hours: 10:30 to 18:30
Address: 51 Yaowarat Road, Phuket City
Tel: +66 76 258 249

3. D Gallery

D Gallery in the Royal Phuket Marina is a well organized, beautifully lit gallery that also has a very active exhibition programme.

It has more than 200 sqm of contemporary fine art from Thailand and Vietnam and aims to hold annual exhibitions by artists whose work “expresses and communicates the imaginative aspects of their cultures” and “reflects concerns ranging from the spiritual and aesthetic to the social”.

Opening Hours: 11:00 to 19:00, Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 to 18:00 Sunday
Location: Royal Phuket Marina, near Phuket Town
Tel: +66 (0) 76 360 867

4. Fine 9 Design & Collection
Oriental Look Furniture & Art

On the ground floor at Surin Plaza (close to Surin Beach) Fine 9 has original art and paintings, fine handicrafts and collectibles from Thailand, along with home decorating products and a small amount of jewellery and accessories. Malisa Darbhatisha, the owner, is usually there to help customers out. “We moved from Bangkok to Phuket in 2001. I find living and doing business in Phuket is more relaxing and less competitive than in Bangkok,” she said.

The outlet at Surin Plaza which is open daily from 9.30 to 18.00 has limited space, so Khun Malisa pointed us to a larger standalone shop called Fine Living Arcade on the left hand side of Srisoonthorn Road, between the Heroines’ Monument and Cherng Talay, which has a bigger range. “We sell products from various places. We have furniture from top designers such as Suwan Kongkhunthian and Udom Udomsrianan, who are famous for using natural materials such as woven lipao vine, water hyacinth, liana and rattan. We also have an interior design service,” Khun Malisa added.
Opening Hours: 09:30 to 20:00
Location: Surin Plaza (Silk Shopping Center)
Tel: +66 (0) 81 337 7682