Road Nine in Maadi is no trendy shopper's paradise, but it does boast a few colourful shops with a flair for over-the-top knick-knacks, questionable antiques and hardware stores. Recently, we've found a whole new reason to make our way out to the tree-lined Cairo suburb: Hamdy is a small glass and metal-work shop located between Mermaid and Beano's café. Located a step down from street level, the shop can be hard to miss to the untrained eye, with nothing more than a few baskets of glass ornaments and, on most days at least, a lounging shop-keeper to mark its entrance.

Inside, shoppers are bombarded with a floor-to-ceiling display of every sort of oriental lamp, glass, ornament and bead that that you could possible cram into the small space. One wall is lined with lanterns made from recycled sheet metal and coloured recycled glass; these are of the same variety found in many stalls in crowded Khan El Khalili, but these exhibit some sturdier craftsmanship and a larger range of sizes. Insert a votive candle, and the light casts pleasant shadows. Small lanterns begin at 25LE and range up to 75LE for the taller, more ornately trimmed metal frames.

The opposite wall is absolutely packed with rows of thick coloured glass cups and drinking glasses; plain blue coloured glasses are priced at 10LE per piece, while prices increase for glasses decorated with multi-coloured flowers and some loud symmetrical designs. Plates, saucers and hanging globe ornaments are also on display and priced between 15LE to 25LE.

The shop’s single counter is laden with small baskets bearing hand-blown glass beads, from opaque daisies to translucent teardrop shapes, which are fastened to the rims of metal lamp shades to create a delicate fringe effect. For more home accessories, keep your eye out for the door curtains – around 100LE – made out of opaque purple glass beads strung along a sturdy thread. The curtains could easily accent any bohemian interior.

Despite specialising in glass craftsmanship, we were most taken by the store's delicate metal lampshades. These are displayed in abundance on shelves, ceiling and lamp stands throughout the store's small radius. Thin silver-sheet metal is shaped into small rounded and pointed globes (starting at 125LE) and decorated with pin-prick patterns. Some are decorated in symmetrical shapes or Arabic calligraphy, while others are entirely dotted with small holes to let the light of a 30-watt light bulb cast enchanting patterns across a room.

The smaller designs make better night lights than reading lamps. One in particular caught our attention: the lamp was crafted in a larger-than-life light bulb shape, complete with a base made to look like a screw and decorated with a pin-prick pattern for those wishing to light up a space with a little humour.