Monday, April 2, 2018

Antiques with history, story and secret - Indian Antique Quest & Giveaway

Hark back to the golden era of antiques with Sridhar Marappan, a History Background Academician, Researcher and blogger all rolled in one, who is making us revisit the glorious past of brass. Propelled by passion and open to learning at every turn Sridhar's online venture Indian Antique Quest is an Antique Curio E-Retailer with the classical forms, decorative details and a decadent touch of gold. 
Indian Antique Quest is one stop stomping ground for antique hunters. Sridhar's keen eyes for antiques and his addiction to hunt genuine pieces takes him to the sources like estates, homes, temple auctions, yard sales, renovation sites, government auction sale etc. where he also learns the history and past of each piece. With the flashback of struggles Sridhar sums up that having traveled the lengths & breadths of our country for academic research, it has provided him the opportunity to gain much inputs. Spending hours and days scrolling through and scanning through the best he accumulates only the pieces with steeped history, stories and secrets. 
The creative brain and champion behind this project is bringing you this pure luxurious metal with an equally illustrious past. With my big appetite and Sridhar's abiding passion we, the brass lovers, are taking you today for some inside scoop of Indian Antique Quest – an online gold mine of brass lovers. 
The path to antiques was set for Sridhar since his childhood, as he coins: Antiques and historical places had always fascinated me right from my childhood which is not strange as my grandfather is a great connoisseur of art and finesse. Its his experiences, stories and history was what I grew up with. Luckily some of his collections which stood the test of time were passed on to us. Firmly choosing to nurture my profound interests in history and objects through time, I achieved masters degree in history and tourism and that has helped me much through curriculum and field visit where inputs on antiques and history were gained. 


Asked upon his small business success mantra, Sridhar proudly claims: Customers are my only reason for what I am now, and that's due to my policy of high volume of business with low profit margin and non fixed prices. I often accumulate pieces from some places at a very lower prices than market value. Keeping the customers in my priority, I sell those pieces at the same low buying price giving the benefit to customers. If you consider the actual market value of the same piece, it will be way too high than our prices. In some instances, if a customer is loving a piece due to some sentimental connection but not being able to afford then in such cases I have sold for less than my buying price also. My these courtesy acts have made a strong list of regular buyers  and well wishers. I have unique pricing much lower than market because I source directly. Apart from these I myself select only the best antiques being an antique lover myself and do not settle for less, so high quality guaranteed.

Sridhar does not shy away talking about his creative soul and his role behind his brand. Sridhar opens up: I am a born dreamer, always oriented towards beauty and creativity. I am on a constant hunt of ideas and improvisations every day. There have been days when I visualize ideas in dreams and wake up to jot them down to implement next day. Fun part of my business is picking the décor stuff from my own collection and give them some perky updates around the home.

Because every successful story begins with a carefully devised products, Sridhar get excited talking about the genuineness of his products: All are 100% original antiques with a clean, happy history and story and not to forget the positive vibe. I take immense proud in giving full details about each and every piece. All are sourced directly after thorough check for quality, damages, usablity and memory inputs they carry. I also note down the history of each piece and gain additional information of improvisation of each antique and their other names.

Being on a constant hunt for antiques manning a physical outlet is not feasible for Sridhar. He belts out how his products are mainly acquired from: My self-directed observation and exploration makes me take a dive into very interior and unknown places. My main source is through few relatives from interior cities of Kerala (via royal homes) where no others can penetrate. While other come from Andhra antique regions via my good friend in the region. Thankfully many of our relatives have settled and own huge farm lands in Mysore and through their links I can reach in to huge properties. Sourcing directly from the original owners with their entwined stories my every product make it a one of a kind piece with unique appeal.
Sridhar has translated his same very experience far and wide through his online venture, where he spreads brass love with signature items and character rich accessories. If you also have a natural affinity and big appetite for antiques then do get connected on India Antique Quest's social medias to see more dizzying array of brass varieties. 


And now some Giveaway Time :). Indian Antique Quest has a beautiful giveaway for all the readers of Pinkz Passion for celebrating 10k followers on Instagram. One lucky winner will be walking away with an antique English bowl (8 inches tall & 8 inches wide).
Follow along few simple steps as mentioned below to participate in this wonderful giveaway. 
1). 'Follow' the feeds of Pinkz Passion & Indian Antique Quest on Instagram.
2). To increase your chance of winning, follow the Facebook pages of Pinkz Passion & Indian Antique Quest
3). Leave a comment here or on any of my social media mentioning the actions you have followed.
It's as simple as that. The giveaway is open from April 2nd to April 13th. The lucky winner will be announced on April 15th (Sunday). 
The giveaway is open for all the readers across India, USA & Canada so spread the word & share the post :).
Signing out today's post thanking Indian Antique Quest for hosting a wonderful giveaway and wishing all the very best for all future business ventures. Until we meet again, stay connected, toodles!

(All images belong to Indian Antique Quest and do not copy or use without prior permission of the owner, you may pin them from Pinkz Passion's Pinterest account)

24 comments:

  1. Such a amazing collection.. love it

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  2. Lovely. Just started on the venture of adding Indian decor to my home. Also some stenciling in progress. Keep up your good work.

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  3. Awesome collectibles. Always had a craze towards home décor but learnt to accessorize my home using Indian antiques recently from you @pinkz passion and Indian antique quest. Wish to add on few more to my growing art space as well

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  4. Lovely Collection!!!! thank u for introducing, Pinky.

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  5. So beautifully written Pinky. Sridhar - The marapachi pommai travel everywhere in all your pictures. Old is always GOLD. look at the carvings and using bronze and brass for cooking- it is so healthy. Fresh flowers for New Englanders are always a treat. Great work!

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  6. It was a pleasant surprise seeing your post on Indiantiquest on IG and your Blog. A reflection of your appreciation of the beauty of Indian artifacts and generosity in recognizing and promoting a genuine e-retailer like Sridhar. Keep up the good work Pinky. Beena (beena_mumbai)

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  7. Thank you all so much for stopping by, I appreciate your interest and love in supporting the era of antiques and brass with me and Sridhar.

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  8. Thank you so much for introducing us to the awesome site where our quest for looking through the antique gets its destination.It has now been my routine to visit your site,atleast once so inspiring and motivating.The DIY'S AND now the introduction the world which can satisfy my quest.

    Thank you

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    1. Following pinkz and antique quest on facebook.Loved your renovation and the concept for the laundry room .I was wondering and need your suggestion do we get these big stencils in Michaels.Awesome collection by antique Quest.

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    2. Hi Smita. Yes, the stencil is available at Michaels. Also wanted to know your name under Instagram media as we both can not trace you to add in the list of contestants for giveaway. Send me a dm on instagram please to confirm.

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    3. Thank you so much for sharing the information Pinkz.Appreciated .
      I did sent a DM on instagram.Hope you might have received.A request can we more of DIY in your blog like you did for framing the brass .It was so awesome you made it so easy

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  9. I started Insta late last year as I loved home decor, Pinky's Insta was one that I followed when I became active in Insta. Must admit, she's a perfect decor enthusiast and has made her home an inviting one. Be it the Diwali decor or dinner scenes or a view of her living room or the craving brass decors she owns, they would make you keep coming back to get ideas! Loved your feed and followed in Insta and fb.

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    1. Thank you Sonali for such a wonderful feedback, you are on the list of contestants. Good luck.

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    3. Hi Pinky, nice post about antiques. I like your taste of decor and you are amounts few whom I started following after joining Instagram. Keep us inspiring with your good work.

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    4. Thank you!
      Sonali- please dm me your full name on instagram.

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  10. Beautiful display pinky love every pic , it's a great treat to the eye to see such a beautiful taste .

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  11. Following on insta and fb.. love your recent kitchen DIY

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    1. Thank you Poojitha. Please let us know your full name in order to have your name in the list of contestants. Please dm me on instagram.

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  12. Following Pinkz passion on Instagram and Facebook. Great collection and love your writing.

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    1. Thank you Shweta. Please dm me your full name on instagram.

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  13. Seeing Sunita's home - I feel like living in India. She has the most brass stuff in her home. I simply adore all your unique collections. So many turtles you have ( also in Brass). I love the brass turtle Urli. I have never been to Hyderabad except to Tirupati and I have to include that in my India travel list. finished the north except Kashmir and Goa Hyderabad are pending too.

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