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Where to shop for antiques in Colombo?

Because old is indeed gold!

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Antique furniture at the Hermitage

There are some of us who live by the saying, ‘old is gold’, and that’s why we hold on to those quirky valuables and collectibles for as long as we can. Be it rare old ornaments, maps, paintings or furniture, door and window frames; there are people who just can’t resist but fall in love with their old charm. Lucky for them, there are many stores in Colombo and suburbs that sell antiques, and also offer a wide collection to select from. Walk into any of these shops, and we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Hermitage

Cultural pieces such as beds from Indonesia, mediums of inscription carved into wood, rustic medicine cupboards, printing presses, cart tables converted from actual and ancient animal driven carts brought down from aged alleyways of India are some of the fascinating artefacts that could be found at Hermitage. Valuable art that adorns the walls and the antiques, collectibles and ornaments compete for space and attention at every turn in the labyrinth of rooms of this former house turned shop on Gower Street.

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Colombo 5

Gandhara

Gandhara is home to eclectic crafts and artefacts and boasts of a collection exquisitely handpicked from various parts of South Asia. The three-storied building caters to a niche clientele, primarily art lovers who wish to add an individual twist to their homes and living spaces. Gandhara sells artefacts, homeware and furniture. The Gallery Red, Gandhara’s very own art gallery, was opened with the view of promoting local talent and hosts a wide range of exhibits from Sri Lankan artists. Personalised gift items, modern as well as antique available there make perfect gifts for newly weds.

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Paradise Road

Paradise Road is not only an exquisite homeware store, but over the years it has risen to the status of a tourist attraction, deservedly so. Paradise Road houses truly unique one-of-a-kind products, from rustic furniture pieces, to elegant porcelain, Paradise Road is an absolute delight to wander in and explore. The store’s interior channels a grunge Mediterranean atmosphere with dark corners, stone walls and seductive scents. The second floor has an extensive collection of linen products. Take note however that the prices here tend to be on the higher end of the spectrum.

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Barefoot

Step into Barefoot and the words bohemian, hippie, new age and ethnic will pop into your mind. The majority of products on offer are all woven goods. Barefoot goods have a rare character to them, and can be instantly recognised. Bright, bold colours and quality hand looms make Barefoot a unique addition to Colombo’s shopping scene. As with many stores in the city, Barefoot’s interior and ambience is exquisite. with rich yellow spotlights, wooden fixtures and raw cement floorings giving barefoot a rugged yet elegant feel. 

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Schokman & Samerawickreme

Reputable Charted Auctioneers and a name synonymous with the profession in Sri Lanka, Schokman and Samerawickreme have been engaged in auctioneering for over a century. It is the first company in the South Asia Pacific region to be awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification for Auctioneering, Valuation and Real Estate Brokering. Schokman and Samerawickreme have established a legacy of trust, which has made the company the preferred auctioneer, valuer and realtor among the corporate sector and diplomatic missions. The company attributes this to its professionalism and service excellence in attention to its clientele. At Schokman and Samerawickreme, an item you know longer want can receive a fresh start under the hammer and begin a sojourn at a brand new destination.

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