Back in autumn of 1997 I and my newly wedded Australian wife while driving back from a visit of Islamabad a seller of dusty, muddy chests, boxes, doors, pillars and numerous other wooden articles caught our attention. Seller with his inventory was sitting in a plot on the side of major road called G.T road (Grand Trunk road constructed by 16th century Pashtun emperor Sher Shah Suri) So intrigued and mesmerized by these dust covered beautiful furniture and architectural pieces, we decided to buy couple of articles. Frankly speaking I had no idea of restoration process. My wife had all the practical knowledge.

After buying a couple of required cleaning and polishing materials, we left the articles covered. My wife worked on them in my absence. After a week or so,one morning she removed the covering fabric. Hard to describe the enhanced beauty of restored chests. We decided to get in depth knowledge of these articles and their makers who were numerous tribes. As already in business of handmade tribal carpets, we introduced these unique articles to our clients. The name “Tribal Arts” was born in Pakistan. Not registering the name caused a problem. It was stolen by more than one trader, so I was forced to call it ‘Shirazi Tribal Arts”.