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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Artsy: New Home Accessories Shop in Zamalek
Many of Zamalek’s home accessory shops are cluttered with merchandise to the point that choosing a vase or a lamp can be an overwhelming task. There is something to be said about a pared-down collection of quaint pieces, which is exactly what you’ll find at Artsy.
Located on Mohamed Mazhar Street, the new home accessory store specialises in lighting and fabrics. Various designs of lamps and chandeliers hang from the ceiling, some whimsical, others sleek; all of them quite modern. The same can be said for the table lamps on display; a collection of mostly large, solid colour pieces that are sure to make a statement in any room.
Artsy’s textile selection is mostly imported from Europe and ranges from tastefully understated to bright and funky. While the selection is quite substantial with a wide variety of colours, patterns and embellishments available, all fabrics hang from a rack in the back of the shop so as not to overcrowd the space. .
The assortment of smaller accessories is limited; but it is well-chosen and includes trays, vases and candles. At the time of this reviewer’s visit, a tiered vase of unconventional design was available in three sizes and colours (the medium costs 750LE). A collection of diffuser sticks by Humanity were lightly and pleasantly scented with some candles poured into decorative glass.
This reviewer’s favourite was the elephant-shaped candle (150LE), available in silver and yellow. With decorative carvings in the wax body of the elephant, the candle was the most intricate that we’ve seen in a while.
Other heftier candles with long burning times were spotted for around 200LE. Also, check out their high-quality bed linens, which are discreetly tucked away in a set of cubbies near the entrance.
Artsy’s staff are friendly and helpful; although with the shop’s small size, it can feel as though you have little space to browse extensively. On the other hand, you’ll want staff nearby if you are interested in pricing any merchandise; as sales tags weren’t attached to any of the items in Artsy at the time of this reviewer’s visit.
The shop has some fun new pieces to add to the mix of Zamalek home accessories. If you’re in the market to update your couch with some fun new textile or enhance your room with decorative candles; be sure to check out this shop.
The common notion in the Egyptian market that the word ‘Imported’ stands for good quality has lead many business owners to neglect Egyptian-made products and even take pride in offering the costumer the imported ones. Now that almost everything we buy has been manufactured abroad, one can’t help but be impressed when finding quality products with the label ‘Made in Egypt’.
Among the local brands that are swimming against the tide, Inca & Co. offers a variety of furniture textiles and fabrics, which are designed by Egyptian artists and mostly manufactured in Egypt. Located on 26th of July Street next to Drinkies in Zamalek, the spacious shop well-organised and efficiently set-out. On the left, is a collection of fabrics is displayed on wall-mounted metal tubes, while other products, like cushions, are shelved on the other side. At the centre of the shop, a number of swatch books are displayed on a rectangular island.
One of the collections that can be found in the swatch books is ‘The Road to Marrakesh’, whose relatively light fabrics can be perfect for beach house furniture. From this collection, we liked a white fabric embroidered in black with a simple floral design (340LE per metre).
With a more complex design of flowers and birds, ‘Mexico Passion’ (460LE per metre) boasts a heavier material, durable for daily-use furniture. Not as heavy is the curtain-suitable ‘Winter Dust’ (325LE per metre), whose geometrical patterns come in various colours, including beige and light blue.
Besides fabrics, Inca & Co. has a versatile collection of products, including cushions (medium 325LE / Large 375LE), poufs (1150LE) and mattresses of different shapes and size. From the latter we liked the over-sized squared mattress (1980LE), which can comfortably take two persons, as well as a more firm mattress for a single person (890LE).
And like any Textile shop, none of the displayed items are available for instant purchasing; while the fabrics are received four days after placing the order, other products take to 10 days, which you can customise by choosing the fabric and adding tassels for an extra fee of 65LE.
In the textiles business, both durability and design are of great importance. And while Inca & Co. designs mainly cater to modern settings, the diverse collection promises good quality and taste – but at a price.