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The Khonsari family’s Lost Pines Art Bazaar in downtown Bastrop offers a bevy of treasures both new and antique.

An inside look at the downtown Bastrop shop


Texas’ most unexpected design truism might come as a surprise: Over the last 25 years, our best trends have emerged from small towns. Think Fredericksburg, which became an interior design mecca thanks to Carol Hicks Bolton’s conviction that shabby was chic, and Waco, where Joanna and Chip Gaines have singlehandedly introduced farmhouse glam to an adoring audience. For what’s next, look no further than Bastrop. Here, Lost Pines Art Bazaar has anticipated the trend of handmade artisanal products such as soaps, paper goods and handbags in its store just off of Main Street. The brick-fronted shop is a convenient stop for Houstonians on their way to a weekend getaway and for Austinites out for a daytrip. Swing into the store where Saba and Naseem Khonsari sell items such as handcrafted small-batch furniture by Blackhouse, gifts such as Simply Curated travel candles and fine antiques such as an early 1900s French entry bench ($3,800). Besides being daring for leaving Houston six years ago in favor of small-town retail, the Khonsari family may also have been prescient. Kazem (father of Saba and Naseem) has had a lifelong passion for Persian rugs, which he has collected throughout the United States over the past four decades. The handknotted, brightly colored pieces—many of which originate from Iran—range from traditional Bakhtiaris (from $1,900) to abstract Gabbeh rugs (from $4,300) and are suddenly a decorating must-have, a surefire way to enliven a room with color and texture. For those who want to splurge, Kazem oversees Abri, a gallery next door open by appointment. It’s there you will find that vintage palace-size silk and wool rug you’ve always wanted (prices upon request). 603 Chestnut St., Bastrop 

Sisters Saba and Naseem Khonsari oversee operations at Lost Pines Art Bazaar.