Over the last 35 years, I have witnessed extraordinary change and growth in China. I began buying arts and crafts there in the 1970 s, and today we are marketing Ethan Allen—a quintessentially American brand—in 53 locations in major cities across China. We ship 60 percent of what we sell there from our well-established U.S. manufacturing base and in turn buy Chinese products to be marketed in Ethan Allen Design Centers in North America.

Growing up in Kashmir, I became quite familiar with Chinese and Central Asian arts and crafts at an early age. For centuries, there has been a link from Kashmir to the ancient Silk Road, and my family had connections to the great trading cities of the day—Tashkent, Samarkand, Kashgar, and many others. My grandfather in Kashmir was widely known as an art expert and a collector of...

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