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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.
With spring and summer calling, there’s no better time to deck out your garden in some brand new gear. For those who appreciate a charming furnished home with a modern, chic touch, fashionable shop Kalla has just opened its newest venue in Sheikh Zayed's Americana Plaza.
Providing a variety of contemporary indoor and outdoor furniture, the home fashion store has almost everything you can think of. Kalla offers the ideal necessities for those ready to furnish a new home; from sofas, coffee tables, side tables, bedroom and bathroom knickknacks, as well as decorative accessories, table tops, wall pieces, candleholders and ornamental lamps.
While the venue seems neatly organised and widely spaced out to sustain comfort while browsing, the products were rather placed randomly around the shop making it difficult to spot certain product.
Most of the items were colourfully suitable for the spring season; not too extravagant in colour and rather chic, using earthy colours – thin natural greys, creamy whites and delicate blues and greens, pleasantly mixed with attractive seasonal colours.
A few living room couches were available at the time of our visit; a modern cream-coffee coloured L-shaped sofa (9990LE) stood out and decorated with a couple of colourfully patterned cushions ranging 175LE-185LE and a couple of plain ones ranging 55LE-65LE. Placed next to the sofa was a dark wooden side table (2900LE) with a crafted wicker lamp (750LE) placed on top of it. The products where all fitting in taste making the whole area ideally set together.
A few beanbags were scattered around the shop; some were plain in design, yet striking with a solid colour (490LE) while others were embellished with flashy bright patchwork (550LE).
A whole section is dedicated to bed and bath furnishings, complete with a collection of soft basic towels ranging 25LE-90LE, an overpriced colourful patchwork bedspread (1350LE) and glass-made bathroom necessities ranging from 145LE-250LE stood out.
A variety of dinning and table accessories were also available. We spotted a selection of glass cups ranging 25LE-35LE in different shapes and sizes, silver serving dishes at a rather steep 485LE-950LE, silver tea trays for 138LE-166LE and a collection of newfangled candlesticks.
Kalla in Sheikh Zayed definitely presents a wide-range of tasteful home accessories; varying in style and colour, their products are ideal for everyday home necessities and basic home decor.