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Dokki, Cairo, Egypt.
Tiffany Lighting: Pricey Lighting in Dokki
When you think of somewhere to go shopping, any kind of shopping, the first place you’re likely to lean towards is Zamalek – simply because it’s the most obvious. However, other districts offer pretty much the same thing and usually at lower prices - or so we thought. Heading into Tiffany Lighting on Mohy El Din Abou El Ezz in Dokki, we hoped we’d discovered one of those great budget spots – we were wrong.
What initially caught our eye were the countless table lamps seen through the window. In a variety of sizes, colours and patterns, the fixtures tempted us to go inside and see what else this shop has to offer.
More spread out than it would seem from the outside, Tiffany is stacked with all sorts of lighting. Apart from the discovery that they carry some rather extravagant designs, they also carry hefty price tags. A simple earthy brown-based lamp goes for 1650LE, while one with a white-washed effect goes for 980LE. At the lower price of 330LE you could grab yourself a smaller lamp with a stripy pattern, but the difference in price is obvious.
A pretty tie-dye like table lamp (850LE) caught our eye, as did one with a mismatched, patched base covered in part with crystal pieces and the other with contrasting bronze ones (820LE). If you prefer more of a classic approach to your lighting, Tiffany has enough designs that you’re sure to find what you’re looking for, like one with a flower pattern on it (1750LE).
They also have quite a selection of classic chandeliers; in fact, they almost cover the entire ceiling. A typical crystal one costs about 8000LE upwards and while this style is a little outdated, there were some more demure ones that could be put to good use.
Our favourite of the ceiling lamps are by far a collection that feels like mix of contemporary and classic styles. While they come off as a chandelier, essentially made of glass, they have a far more geometric quality to them and mostly come with a dusty copper structure. Their price tag ranged about 2000LE.
You can also find a collection of summer house and outdoor lighting as well. Wall fixtures made of what is meant to look like rock light up quite nicely and cost around 200LE-300LE. For a little higher at 600LE-700LE you can find lighting for gardens specifically, where the fixture is placed in the ground.
Other than these options, Tiffany also carries a selection of bathroom sconces (300LE-400LE), wall fixtures for reading (590LE) and some very nice lantern-like pieces that hang or stand that range the higher prices of 1650LE up to 2200LE.
While Tiffany offers quite a variety of lighting options, most of the tags carry pretty high prices and the fact that they are ‘Made in Hong Kong’ doesn’t help make sense of it. Even though we were looking forward to discovering an underground shop that won’t empty out our wallets, we still recommend it to those who can afford to spend that on their ambience.
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.