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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
High Home: Home Accessories & Custom-Made Furniture in Heliopolis
Located on Triumph Square in Heliopolis, High Home is a small but brightly lit furniture shop. As you make your way down the few steps and small garden area at the entrance, you will be greeted with a small fanfare of music set off by the sensor at the door.
High Home specialises in all types of furniture and home accessories, the latter of which are all imported from the Philippines, Thailand, Kenya, Indonesia, Pakistan and India. With regards to the furniture, the shop customises pieces according to your specification at their workshop in Ain Shams. They have a range of catalogues that you can choose from, and you can bring your own catalogues, photos and ideas from which they can work off.
Open since 2005, the shop area is quite small, yet it packs a large range of different models showcasing the diverse accessories and furniture that High Home can manufacture.
The staff at High Home is talkative and friendly, and an attendant will be happy to stay close by as you browse through the displayed items.
The range of accessories is huge, and is best exemplified by the price range; the fact that you can spend anything between 50LE and 5000LE on one piece is testament to that. A one-piece wooden tableau with carvings sells for 3750LE, while wooden cat statuettes inlaid and grafted with metal sells for 50LE a piece. Other animal statuettes are available inlaid with copper. Another thing that High Home has in abundance is decorative wall prints and stickers.
One of the pieces of furniture that caught this reviewer’s eye was a large L-shaped couch upholstered with a velour-like material. It sells for a costly 10,000LE. The shop’s owner would be happy to recreate a similar couch to your size, material and price needs.
One thing that pleasantly surprised us is the quality of service at High Home. They aren’t just carpenters; they have a decorator’s eye. During a consultation, the staff will inquire about the interior of the room that the furniture is intended for. Although there‘s a budding interior decorator in all of us, it’s always nice to get a professional’s point of view.
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.