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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Mit Rehan: Chic, Oriental-Inspired Furniture in Zamalek
Step inside virtually any Cairo apartment, and there is a strong likelihood that it will be furnished and decorated in the typical, classical Egyptian style: ornate, dark, and invoking a time in Egyptian history when the thing-du-jour was to adorn one’s home with fakes and replicas of French Renaissance-like house ware. The house will be questionably cluttered with crystals, fancy cushions and lampshades that a home in Victorian-era England could have had. Step inside one of Mit Rehan’s two entrances, though; and the style and design of its furniture and home accessories could not be more different.
Open since the mid-1990s, Mit Rehan is an upscale furniture and home accessories shop selling contemporary pieces that retain the Oriental/Middle Eastern style, but with a 21st century flare and elegance. Shereen Fahmy is both the owner and the designer responsible for almost every item in the shop, with the exception of accessories such as mirrors, trays and other wall ornaments, some of which are imported or are antiques. Fahmy blends Oriental/Middle Eastern themes into the simple silhouettes of her bed frames, couches, tables and more.
The designer also employs a myriad of colours in her designs – bold crimson reds, silver-blues, taupe, etc – using a plethora of materials such as velour, cotton and wood as well as bronze and glass. It’s fairly safe to say that there is something to satisfy almost every kind of taste at Mit Rehan.
This kind of elegant, unique home accessories comes at a steep price. While the products available are beautiful and of a high quality, it is arguably overpriced; a small set of two mirrors with an iron frame sells for 6000LE; a framed nautical-inspired sketch costs 390LE and a large iron chandelier sells for 6000LE, while a simple silver coffee tray with a bit of detailing on the corners will cost you 1050LE.
Looking for an entire set for your bedroom or living room? Mit Rehan currently has a silver-blue living room set including a couch (9670LE), two single chairs (2215LE each), wood and glass coffee table (5000LE) and a set of two large, modern glass lamps (2400LE) patterned in a Greek/Mediterranean theme (geometric patterns against a soft silver-blue velour-style material).
Mit Rehan can customise orders for its clientele; the living room ensemble, for example, can be reupholstered with a different fabric, and the shop’s friendly sales person mentioned that custom-designed and built pieces are also an option.
Classy, modern, and filled with one-of-a-kind creations, Mit Rehan has everything you'd need to outfit a home, albeit at a very high price.
If you’re a resident of Agouza, and are well versed with its narrow side streets, you may have come across Malika Home Accessories before. If not, the only other store on the road is a pharmacy, so it shouldn't be be too difficult to find even though the area isn't exactly a hotbed of shopping.
Stores that sell accessories are usually extremely crowded and all the products are haphazardly displayed, making it difficult to manoeuvre around the store without breaking something. Despite being modest in size and sporting a huge selection, it’ll only take you one or two laps before you decide what you liked most.
The first thing that caught our eye was a collection of glass work stained with vibrant colours like pink and purple, among them is a coffee pot (75LE) with accompanying cups and plates (50LE each) and a set of pots (45LE) in colours like turquoise and pink.
The ceramic works here are quite varied. We liked a plate with yellow and white engravings (300LE) and a bunch of ashtrays in the shape of half jugs (45LE) in bright colours like red, yellow and green.
On a wooden tray is a collection of mugs with quotes like ‘My Dad is a Superman’ and other superhero and comic book characters printed on them. We liked a particular one of Batman we had seen on their Facebook page, but unfortunately, it was unavailable in the store. We did learn that we could print whatever we wanted on their mugs and they would be available for pick up in two weeks. One mug would cost 60LE.
Hung up on the walls of the store is a large collection of round mirrors used for decor, the outer rims can be coloured and the prices vary between 500/800LE. Additionally, there is a collection of larger mirrors. We liked a rectangular one with a golden neo-classical frame (900LE).
Our favourite items in the store were the light fixtures. While they are not great in number, their styles vary between modern, vintage and rustic. From the vintage style, we liked a black spherical light hanging decorated with a rope wrapped around it (2000LE). We also liked a two light bulb fixture with a rusty colour (800LE). The only problem with it is the unusual light bulbs, which may be a problem to replace.
The store also has a second branch in Amman St. in Dokki. The second branch has more furniture, and they can also build you furniture from scratch.