Posts tagged “Middle East

Favorite Brands | Ecru

ecru.jpgI saw this Kuwait-based brand on Instagram and since then I am a huge fan of it! Their products are not only beautiful and functional, but quite different (in a good way) from what we have seen on the Middle East’s market. A perfect mix of modern and tradition.
Hand carved and color lacquered pineapple bowlBrass molded palm candle holder dipped in silver.Glass carafe with a silver tipped wooden stopper.Round lamp with Fish Scale shaped openings that illuminate the room in a special way.Marble star which can be used as a soap plate or a candle base.Gem LightEmbroidered mini Hand pins that can be pinned to your clothes, bag, or baby’s crib.Pink Pomegranate print on beige casement table cloth. (Skillfully hand block printed)

You can visit their official website – ecruonline
Check out their blog –
or follow them on Istagram – ecruonline

All photographs –


Favorite Architects | Houses by AGi Architects

Mop House in Kuwait | Photographs: Nelson Garrido
Star House in Kuwait | Photographs: Nelson GarridoRibbor House in Kuwait | Photographs: Nelson GarridoSecret House in Kuwait | Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Modern Cairo

Today I discovered an interesting online magazine It is an urban guide, based in Dubai focusing on design and travel across the Middle East and North Africa. The articles are quite interesting and informative, but what grabbed my attention the most were these street food restaurants in Cairo. I love the way they managed to mix modern and traditional elements.
(Oh… and I forgot to mention that the food looks good too!) 😉

Click here to view the full article about the first place.
Photographs: Timothy Kaldas
Click here to view the full article about the second place.
Photography: Courtesy of Cairo Kitchen

Beirut by SOMA

Yesterday I found this Architectural studio accidentally and I thought you may like it too. It turns out the studio is Lebanese, but they work on both local and international projects from two offices, one in Beirut and the other in New York. Here are some of their work.

Type: Residential building
Location: Mar Mikael, Beirut
3D renders: soma-architects

Boutique hotel
Type: Hospitality
3D renders: soma-architects

Type: Commercial
Location: Pierre Gemayel Ave
3D renders: soma-architects

Koukjian Jewelry 
Type: Retail
Photography: soma-architects and e-architect

Check out the other Lebanese studio that I like HERE.

Isfahan | اصفهان‎

Have you ever heard about Isfahan, Iran? If I have to be honest with you, I don’t know much about Iran. I heard the name of this city few months ago and I was curious to know more about the architecture of this place, so I made a Google research. Here are few spaces that grabbed my attention. Hope they inspire you!
Isfahan is the capital of Isfahan Province in Iran, located about 340 km south of Tehran and is Iran’s third largest city after Tehran and Mashhad, produces fine carpets, textiles, steel, and handicrafts. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb “‘Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” (Isfahan is half of the world).

  • Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture. Construction of the mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1618. It was built by the chief architect Shaykh Bahai. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the unique characteristics of the mosque is the peacock at the center of its dome. If you stand at the entrance gate of the inner hall and look at the center of the dome, a peacock, whose tail is the sunrays coming in from the hole in the ceiling, can be seen.

    Pictures: Wikipedia

  • Si-o-se Pol (which means 33 Bridge or the Bridge of 33 Arches) is one of the eleven bridges of Isfahan, Iran. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design.Picture:  Wikipedia

  • Chehel Sotoun is a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool,  built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions. The name, meaning “Forty Columns” in Persian, was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which, when reflected in the waters of the fountain, are said to appear to be forty.

Iran Esfahan Chehel Sotun _DSC7199
Iran Esfahan Chehel Sotun _DSC7296

Pictures: Flickr | youngrobv (Rob&Ale) 

  • Ālī Qāpū is a grand palace, located on the western side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square opposite to Sheikh Lotf Allah mosque, and had been originally designed as a vast portal. Ālī Qāpū is rich in naturalistic wall paintings by Reza Abbassi. There are floral, animal, and bird motifs.

Pictures: 1,2,3,4.Wikipedia 5,6,7,8.torkzadeh 9.stylepark © Franziska Holzmann

  • Armenian Vank Cathedral (Vank means “cathedral” in the Armenian language) was one of the first churches to be established in the city’s Jolfa district by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-1605. The cathedral consists of a domed sanctuary, much like a Persian mosque, but with the significant addition of a semi-octagonal apse and raised chancel usually seen in western churches. The cathedral’s exteriors are in relatively modern brickwork and are exceptionally plain compared to its elaborately decorated interior.

Pictures: Wikipedia 

  • The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world (some claim that it actually is the largest in the world) and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city also has a wide variety of historic monuments.

Pictures: 1.londonsquares 2.trekearth 3.feedagg
Information: Wikipedia

What do you think? Would you like to visit Isfahan? I definitely want to visit this city one day!!! And one more thing … Do you know Maz Jobrani? He is an Iranian-born American comedian who is part of the “Axis of Evil” comedy group. He is hilarious!! Here is a short video, that will make you laugh 😉

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Istanbul Week | Istanbul in Pictures

Istanbul week is over! Here are the posts that I wrote this week:
AutobanChristopher HallKanyonThe Topkapı PalaceOrtaköy Mosque.
Hope you will enjoy the pictures as much as I did. They are taken by my friend Deniz Cemal on her last visit to Istanbul.

Istanbul Week | Autoban

Autoban is an Istanbul based design studio, established by Seyhan Ozdemir and Sefer Caglar in 2003. A team of 35 – mostly architects and interior designers are working on both local and international projects. In 2006, Autoban has opened it’s first gallery in Istanbul showcasing the line of products, primarily designed for interior projects. In 2011, Autoban’s product designs were sold across Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. via Аutoban

Autoban е архитектурно студио, базирано в Истанбул. Основано е от Seyhan Ozdemir и Sefer Caglar през 2003 година. Екип от 35 човека-предимно архитекти и интериорни дизайнери работят по местни и международни проекти. През 2006 г., Autoban открива първия си магазин в Истанбул, където излагат линия от продукти, предназначени предимно за интериорно обзавеждане. От 2011 г. дизайнерските продуктите на Autoban се продават в цяла Европа, САЩ, Азия и Австралия. чрез Аutoban

Tunel House / Year:2008 / Pictures: maisongrace / Photographer: Engin Aydeniz
The House Cafe Kanyon, Istanbul / Year:2008 / Picture: knstrct

Arzu Kaprol store, Istanbul / Year:2010 / Pictures: retaildesignblog / Photographer: Ali Bekman

Witt Istanbul Hotel / Year: 2008 / Pictures: maisongrace / Photographer: Ali Bekman

Double Octopus Chandelier/ Year:2005 / Pictures: distrofurniture / Photographer: Tamer Yilmaz

Cloud table / Year:2011 / Picture: MOCO

Istanbul Week | Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Mosque, officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque) of Sultan Abdülmecid in Istanbul, Turkey, is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.
The original Ortaköy Mosque was built in the 18th century. The current mosque, which was erected in its place, was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid and built between 1854 and 1856. Its architects were father and son Garabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan, who designed it in Neo-Baroque style. Within the mosque hang several examples of Islamic calligraphy executed by the Sultan Abdülmecid himself, who was also a hattat (master calligrapher) … via Wikipedia
Pictures: Deniz Cemal

Джамията Ortaköy, официално Büyük Mecidiye Camii в Истанбул, Турция, се намира на площад Ortaköy, едно от най-популярните места на Босфора. Оригиналата джамия Ortaköy е построена през 18 век. Сегашната джамия, която е издигната на мястото й, е поръчана от Османския султан Abdülmecid и построена между 1854 и 1856г. Архитектите са баща и син Garabet Amira Balyan и Nigoğayos Balyan, които са я проектирали в нео-бароков стил. В джамията висят няколко примери на ислямската калиграфия, изпълнени от самия султан Abdülmecid, който е бил и hattat (майстор калиграф) … чрез Wikipedia
Снимки: Дениз Джемал

Kuwait in Pictures

I honestly don’t like these pictures 😀 They are taken by me on my last visit to Kuwait. As you see I am an awful photographer!! 😦 I made this post, because its the national month of Kuwait as they will be celebrating 25th and 26th of February as the National Day and the Liberation Day.
Check out the other posts I made about this country: What is new in Kuwait?, Posh cafe, Tatami Japanese RestaurantUbon.



Wow, I am so proud that one of the seven partners in OMA is a Syrian!!
“…OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA’s buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use…” via OMA. See a google map of OMA’s completed buildings.
Here is a interview with him I found in Dezeen.
Pictures: OMA
Information:  OMADezeen