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Silk Road, Brooklyn’s only antique-Chinese-art and home-furnishings store, sits on a Boerum Hill strip of Atlantic Avenue heavy with vintage housewares shops. Owner Frances Caroll retired from her job as a high-school math teacher to open the store in March 2001, deciding it was high time to focus on her passions for travel and Chinese art. The outside of the store is deep red, and the interior open and airy with a bookshelf stuffed with volumes Caroll uses to research Asian art. Though her sister Barbara Clurman serves as co-owner, Caroll is the sole buyer, bringing 90 percent of the goods back from frequent trips to China (the remainder comes from wholesalers in the U.S.). The regal offerings — most from the nineteenth century, some from the twentieth — include decorative baskets, Buddha statues, and oriental carpets. Many of the old furnishings take on new purposes in modern homes: Small lacquered cabinets serve as storage units and end tables, large sideboards conceal flat-screen television equipment, and square stools with decorative rattan tops work as coffee tables.