While living in India, Michael Beste became fascinated by the arts and traditions of the country and its peoples.
On his return to Germany in the mid-80’s, he set up Noah’s Ark – a gallery which reflects his love and respect for the wealth and diversity of India’s culture through the ages
He still travels regularly to India to explore and purchase for Noah’s Ark. His customers include museums and galleries as well as individual collectors. In the gallery he offers a big variety of textiles, ornaments in gold and silver, statues and tribal art from India and Tibet
His website, which is regularly updated, gives you a good overview.
He is a specialist in the textile traditions of India. You find his article on the Baghs and Phulkaris of the Punjab in HALI 113 (Nov/Dec 2000). You can order an expanded version of the article – unfortunately only in German language – through the gallery: Phulkari und Bagh – Stickereien aus dem Punjab, 41 pages, 38 coloured prints, 2 maps, € 28.- + postage
Also available is his book on the life and textiles of the Banjara: Die Banjara und ihre Stickereien
80 pages, 81 coloured prints, 1 map, € 35.- + postage
The gallery is open by appointment.