Hand-woven traditional Egyptian carpets, intricate oriental brass chandeliers and sturdy wicker furniture are just a few of the things available at Badawya, the home decor and gift shop inconspicuously nestled on the basement floor of a Maadi residential building.

This shop has been around for many years but due to its somewhat tricky location – right after the bridge leading out of Maadi – potential customers zoom by too fast to notice. Then, of course, there is the parking problem. However, if you are curious enough to make your way to Badawya by foot, you will be rewarded.

The first thing that you will notice is the large collection of wicker furniture lining the steps of the entrance. Badawya’s wicker tables and chairs are perfect for outdoor use and they sell at half the price of those being sold at designer furniture outlets. This would be a great shop to swing by if you are looking to spruce up your balcony, terrace or garden. They also sell a few pieces that are meant for the inside of your home; mainly the bathroom.

One of their most popular pieces is a storage unit with a sturdy frame of dark wood and bamboo wicker drawers that easily slip in and out. These storage units come in a variety of different colours and shades upon request and are very reasonably priced between 400LE and 800LE depending on the size and the number of shelves or baskets.

A traditional kaf fatma is made of tin and decorated with simple Arabic calligraphy or a blue eye sells for about 15LE, while brass-framed mirrors start at 30LE. Badawya also sells a few random items such as galabeyas, leather jackets for men and baby cribs. All of the products are made locally and by hand, which adds a certain charm to the rather cramped and crowded shop.

The traditional brass chandeliers that have recently grown in popularity can also be found at a bargain price compared to other shops, with some of them starting at 300LE. If chandeliers are too imposing but you would still like to add an oriental element to your home, then take advantage of the other smaller lighting options available.

If you find yourself wandering around Maadi after eating at the nearby Bua Khao Thai restaurant or the Cellar Door Bistro, make sure that you take some time to wander around the street corner and take a peek.