The Silk Road gets its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade route that began during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The central Asian sections of the trade routes were expanded around 114 BC, largely through the missions and explorations of Zhang Qian. It helped develop the civilizations of China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe, and Arabia, by fostering political, economic and cultural exchange. Though silk was certainly the major trade item from China, many other goods were traded, and various technologies, religions, and philosophies traveled along its route. We focus on bringing the masterful craftsmanship of these regional artisans to your home. Check out the video below to see how our partners do their work.