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Megalight: Stylish Home Accessories in Mohandiseen

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Anne de Groot
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Megalight: Stylish Home Accessories in Mohandiseen

There really  is
no place like home and that’s exactly why it’s so important to decorate your home
as nicely as possible. As its name indicates, Megalight on Geziret El Arab Square
in Mohandiseen specializes in lamps in addition to many other home accessories like
candle sticks, photo frames, paintings and mirrors.

The shop
is not that big but packed full of products, and the designs of most lamps are a
bit dramatic. There are hanging lamps with copper coloured leaves and with the lightbulb functioning as a flower for instance. If this is too much for you, then there
are simpler alternatives. These designs are not that elaborate and are mostly
classic and basic. They do come with a hefty price tag, though: most table
lamps cost between 1500LE and 2500LE. Standing and hanging lamps also start in
this price region but can go up to 5000LE. If you want to decorate your house
as a mini-Versailles then you can find your right lamps here because a lot of
them are in the Louis XV style.

collection of candle sticks (200LE) is on display, but their designs are quiet unusaul. A few photo frames are displayed and start at 125LE, which is pretty
expensive for a basic photo frame. All
the available mirrors are wall mirrors, including some designs shaped like the
sun. Depending on the size, the mirrors are priced between 1850LE and 2900LE. There
are also a few vases but they’re over the top with a lot of fake gold incorporated in their designs. They start at around 2100LE a piece.

The shop is a bit more creative when it comes to its collection of funky looking serving plates and paintings. Most of the available paintings are huge and have modern, edgy designs for
1860LE and above
. One of the nicest pieces has a white
background with a variety of words printed on it in black and grey colours.
Because of the playful use of the colours, it looks like some of the words are
coming straight at you while others are hiding modestly in the background. There is also a black and white print of a woman in a street scene slightly
resembling the Breakfast at Tiffany’s film poster.

The serving plates have retro designs with silver lining and either
turquoise or orange cracked-designs inside. The cutlery that comes with the salad bowls
is cute and has different coloured beads on the ends of the handles. The
prices aren’t bad either with small bowls costing 160LE and the larger sizes
reaching 315LE.

In the
back of the shop, a small jewellery section is displayed on the counter. With
prices ranging from 55LE to 75LE, these are the cheapest items in the shop. However,
these bracelets are pretty standards, most of which carry charms like the evil
eye or the kaf Fatma. A few key chains are also displayed for 55LE. The safe designs and modest price tags make the items suitable as gifts.

has especially interesting paintings and serving sets, but its lamps are
outdated and extremely expensive. For such prices, this reviewer would prefer
much funkier designs.

360 Tip

You can have customized bracelets and key chains made.

Best Bit

The retro serving platters with matching cutlery are really cool.

Worst Bit

Very overpriced items.

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