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I had no idea at the time, but in February 2011 I took what would be my last visit to Syria; the following month, after my return, the Arab Spring had fully bloomed.
I met with what is now only a small group of artisans, largely based in Damascus, to design one-of-a-kind pieces formy clients. Their work, often marked by intricately carved patterns inlaid with mother-of-pearl, has long been a personal favorite.
I was delighted to see their craftsmanship celebrated in the march 2016 issue of Architectural Digest, which highlighted renowned interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s work on Khloe Kardashian’s California home. He designed a modern take on the traditional Middle Eastern and Moroccan aesthetic, accentedbyside tables inlaid with mother-of-pearl, hanging daybeds, an arched niche and, my favorite, a tented living room with an ornate Levantine mirror.
While the future of Syria is still unknown, I hope articles like this one in AD are a subtle reminder that behind the headlines there are talented people creating extraordinary things.
Valentine’s Day is all about love—and sweets. Heart-shaped chocolate boxes fill store shelves, and restaurants end their romantic set meals with decadent chocolate soufflés or flourless chocolate cakes. While chocolate is nice, I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for one of my favorite Moroccan sweets: kaab el ghazal.More commonly known as cornes de gazelle, [...]
Over the past 16 years, my store Sheherazade has allowed me to live my passions ofand design, working with artisans to create and source products that merge Eastern and Western influences. This past year, I was faced with a decision: pay an increased rent to keep Sheherazade open or use the opportunity to take it [...]