BEST ASIAN TREASURES -- PRICELESS - 2006
There are a million stories to be told at Boulder's DecorAsian, where the artifacts breathe with history. Owner Rusty Staff stocks the place with a traveler's eye -- he owns Asia Transpacific Journeys, after all -- personally bringing back much of his stock from the exotic places he visits. There are temple doors, carved ceiling panels and gilded monks' chests from Thailand; inscrutable Buddha figures from old Burma; baskets, carved gamelan xylophones and elaborate shadow puppets from Indonesia and Java; and bamboo birdcage lamps and tribal ancestor figures from Vietnam. And that's just a fraction of the journey. Such treasures cost a pretty penny, but the browsing is free -- and that's a fine price to pay for an extended trip through the Orient.