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Talents

Celebrate Creativity and Meet Exceptional Talents

An Odd Tale is a curated e-boutique providing a space for talents from the Middle East and North Africa to feature quality art and design pieces.  We aim to celebrate local visual narratives of our vibrant region and to appreciate our world's diversity and its oddly beautiful details.

At An Odd Tale, our talented artists, designers, craftsmen, and artisans are always dedicated to timeless designs, flavorful, luxurious, and quality pieces, as well as stunning art that impresses you and everyone around you! From the beauty of the designs to the tales behind the pieces, you will definitely pull authenticity with pride.

 

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Qasaed Jewelry

Qasaed Jewelry

Qasaed (Kuh-sa’ed) is the Arabic word for poems, and poetry has never been so trendy and fashionable. Qasaed jewelry combines contemporary style with traditional Arabic calligraphy thus creating unique pieces to finish your look. Each piece has a history, and each quote is handwritten by Arabic calligraphers, to transfer the magic of words into utter beauty. Qasaed is an ongoing tribute to renowned poets and poetry. It is a continuous acknowledgment of the beauty of their words, and a timeless proof that poetry never dies.

Meera Toukan

Meera Toukan

Infusing the Middle Eastern and Western cultures in hope of giving the world original pieces that showcase heritage through modern fashion. Our vision is to gather inspiration from the Middle Eastern culture and heritage to build a fashion brand empowering local artisans and workshops. All clutches are handcrafted.

UNN Designs

UNN Designs

Inspired by the great tales and sagas of the Vikings and their woodworking art, UNN Designs was born. We give you original designs of home décor accessories, the best quality of wood and most of all the best wood craftsmanship there is. We specialize in state-of-the-art wooden Humidors and Cigar ashtrays. We also have great pleasure in making Backgammon board games, censers, and statement furniture pieces.

Jawaher Beirut

Jawaher Beirut

Jawaher Beirut was founded in Lebanon with a dream to share its unique high-end, handmade jewels with all the elegant ladies throughout the Arab world. Each piece is hand-picked and made with love to fulfill your unique taste and lift your style to the next level. Enjoy your shopping experience!

Rapture

Rapture

Rapture, is a jewelry brand that tells a story. Every piece is handcrafted to bring out confidence, passion and empowerment when worn. Founded by Lebanese designer Nada Rawas in 2004, Rapture not only embodies her artistic expression but reflects her passion for creating pieces that are not forgotten by incorporating carefully selected gemstones which are used to finish gold plated and silver jewelry. Rapture has been part of numerous local and international exhibitions, and is available at different outlets in the MENA region. Love it. Wear it. Flaunt it..

Mare Nostrum

Mare Nostrum

Mare Nostrum is a designer brand created out of passion for art and out of appreciation for the little details in our daily lives. It is the modern go-to destination for creative pieces that express thousands of emotions within their lines and colors. If you are looking for vibrant, modern, and elegant designer pieces, Mare Nostrum is your best friend! We aim to provide our customers with a variety of products that fit into today’s on-the-run routines in the most head-turning details!

Alef Studio

Alef Studio

Aman and Abir are two architects , designers and inventors who founded Alef Studio as their earnest contribution to the world for uniqueness and duality. To them design is an eternal way for expressing and appreciating the exceptional splendors of this world and the magnificence of its creation. They continually strive to combine their wealth of experience with fresh thinking through their work. Both collaborate closely with craftsman experts and makers in the pursuit of creating finely crafted items that enhance the experience of the users.

Damj Design

Damj Design

DAMJ is a unique design/build atelier founded by architect Ahmad Khouja. The word DAMJ means merge, or integrate, resonating with the atelier’s inspiration and concept of integrating several trades. The diverse scope of work includes: residential, commercial, interiors, lighting, bespoke items, art-installations, exhibitions, technical consulting, digital consulting/modeling tools, and project management.

Ranalma

Ranalma

Ranalma - Rana and Alma stuck together like glue. It all started when Alma’s mother Rana launched her fashion clothing line in 1998. She lived most of her life in Rome, meticulously absorbing the crowds’ distinctive fashion sense and implementing her ideas with a twist in tailoring funky outfits for her daughter; and was constantly asked by complete strangers where from. That was her turning point. Ranalma the clothing brand sprouted and flourished in no time, reaching reputable names such as Harvey Nichols Rana’s love for fabric, color, and art grew by the day and luckily passed it on to her daughter Alma. Post graduation, Alma decided on creating something of her own & stretching her capabilities in the field of fashion while reviving the brand by adding a line of notable high end accessories - which according to her can make or break an outfit. She was constantly inspired by fashion shows, magazines, ornaments, artwork galleries, and Individualistic women such as her Mother. Ranalma’s heartfelt Accessory line came to life in 2016. The collection is filled with matchless, eye-catching, and vibrant pieces suitable for all age groups. They are diligently designed by Alma with love and delicately curated at the Atelier using robust materials such as Brass, Swarovski, Japanese Pearls/Semiprecious stones, and Crystals sourced from various countries. The extravagant 18K gold plated items are timeless. They can be worn anytime, any day, leaving women feeling vivacious and inimitable. Alma’s core purpose is creating pieces that’ll turn heads and never go unnoticed. “Never settle for conventional - Manifest your sparkle with transcendent jewels” - “ We hope you’ll feel vivacious and inimitable in our timeless pieces, curated by Alma, with love “

Metalistic

Metalistic

My name is Rayyan Attar. I am the founder of Metalistic. The name of my small business was derived from two words "Metal" & "Artistic" Having designed my own tables and laser cut wall arts when I was decorating my home ignited in me my love for art and design, and lead me to start my small business. I owe that to the support of my father Hassan Attar - who owns steel manufacturing company " Attar Steel" , and my husband's creativity - who came up with the name of the business. The need for finding something special for your home is the drive behind my business. It is a space where on top of the ready made items you can customize your own product by choosing the color, size and design you wish to have.

Three Pots

Three Pots

Sara El Sayad is a potter and artist who started her journey in ceramics in early 2019. She was inspired by a friend potter's beautiful work. She quickly fell in love with clay and the magic of creating from the earth. Her work planted itself in the roots of nature and her creations took on this earthen feeling and colors where you can almost smell the soil and grass and leaves.. She however wanted to create art that you can see, touch and use any moment of the day, so she made cups and teapots and bowls and plates and vases with each piece unique and special in its own way.

Nevine Mattar

Nevine Mattar

Nevine Mattar is a Lebanese artist who enjoys exploring different facets of artistic expression through different media. Having lived both in the Far East and the West, her artistic education included studying art in Japan, in Beirut, London, Los Angeles, and New York, where she studied painting,sum-ie, and illustration. Ever since 1983, she's had yearly exhibits in various capitals-Washington, Paris, London, Rome, Milan Dubai, Amman and Beirut. Exhibiting various paintings in mixed-media and her works in Paper-Mache. She is still involved in various civic activities exposing people to the arts of recycling and founded the first Paper-Mache Association in Lebanon. She was invited to chair many art juries who were responsible to host new talents. Ever since 1983, she's had yearly exhibits in various capitals-Washington, Paris, London, Dubai, Amman, and Beirut. Nevine worked on various murals, book and poster illustrations, set designs, and in fashion. Alongside art, she has been teaching Cultural Studies at various Lebanese Universities including the American University of Beirut, Balamand University, Haigazian, and the Lebanese American University has also majored in Psychology, Education and Art History.

Amal Sorany

Amal Sorany

Amal Sorany is a self-taught artist, living in Bahrain. While working in a full-time job in Marketing and Corporate Communications, Amal started focusing on painting in acrylics. In addition, she has painted several murals and has many print sketches.

Layla Dagher

Layla Dagher

Layla Dagher is born in Beirut. Studied at ALBA (Lebanese academy of fine arts) and earned her diploma in Visual Arts with honors degree. She teaches Fine Arts in several universities. She participated in many international and local exhibitions, individuals and collectives, biennale and salons including Salon d'Automne Sursock Museum ,Salon d'Automne Paris 2020 and Maru Center Seoul Korea 2021. Her paintings are part of the collections of the Lebanese Ministry of culture. She is a member of Syndicate of Lebanese artists. Her more recent works considers the relationship between cities and humans. Through figurative, expressionist and abstract forms , She uses various mediums and vibrant colors to combine cityscape, figures and still life.

Ghia Haddad

Ghia Haddad

While my graphic design experience and my public community art projects have developed my skills as an artist who is successful at building community through art, I continue to be mostly interested in creating artwork that directly addresses the global conversation. These past 2 years have seen many crucial issues come front and center and the current pandemic has given artists like me the time and space to address these ideas to a global audience on social media. Before the pandemic, I was dedicating my artistic energy outwards, towards enriching and empowering others in my community. These last 18 months, however, through the pandemic restrictions, I turned my energy inwards. And through this quest, I have found that my Arab background makes me hyper-aware of constant misrepresentations and damaging stereotypes that minority women are subjected to on a regular basis; particularly how politics directly and deliberately alters the shape we take, and how this shape often becomes our own projection of ourselves. In response, I try to use my art and the vehicle of social media to take back that narrative and project an alternative image and a de-colonized self. I often accompany my posts with a piece of written text or poem to complement the image.

In Home Concept & Design

In Home Concept & Design

We are two designers that came together to craft exceptional interior design touches and custom made items for your special place and occasion.

Gael Ghattas

Gael Ghattas

Gael is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in Interior Architecture. As a young, ambitious woman, the creative director and designer, sought to develop a brand that not only represents who she is as a woman, but who she aspires to become. In 2018 she developed her namesake brand and so began the story of Gaël Ghattas. Her passion for handmade pieces are created to embellish your bags at any occasion, and help your outfit stand out from the crowd !

Kevork Keshishian

Kevork Keshishian

Kevork Keshishian, is a self taught multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Currently living in Dubai, UAE. After quitting high school, he started his career as a diamond setter, and in parallel he was collecting a lot of music that led him to Dj-ing in some of the city’s most renowned clubs and venues, and was a resident DJ at notorious club ”The Basement”. In 2013, Kevork Keshishian (aka Diamond Setter) won a gold medal at Jeux De La Francophonie for audio visual, where he produced the music for the visuals created by Eye See Experience. Since 2014, he held DJ residencies at various Venues in Dubai such as “40Kong”, “EDEN Beach Club”, “El Chiringuito Dubai”, “Siddhartha Lounge”. Given his diverse knowledge of music, he also curated the music for “Molecule” & “Barbary”. In 2018, in addition to dj-ing and music production, he started drawing again. A passion he practiced briefly in 2010-11, which led him to explore different styles and textures. This grew over the years and lead him to create his visual direction which resulted in various acrylic paintings. In 2019, he founded “Gallery” with his friend Paulo Martinez, out of deep passion for musical freedom.

Maral Maniss

Maral Maniss

Maral Maniss is a Lebanese visual artist with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Lebanese University of Fine Arts and Architecture. She has participations in many group and private exhibitions locally and internationally:Monte Carlo, Paris,Los Angelos, Dubai, Syria,Mumbai.. Her paintings and sculptures are part of collections at MACAM museum- Byblos and also within private collectors and Art lovers., Maral Maniss is at the board member of the Syndicate of Lebanese artists. Maral Maniss teaches Fine arts in non-governmental organizations and in private schools. Her recent exhibition was about the Beirut explosion where she was heavily affected, titled:"Introspection". with abstract and expressive style and linear forms, she uses various mediums and sizes.

Horouf Fashion

Horouf Fashion

Fascinated with Arabic Calligraphy, Horouf Fashion translated this art into our modern-day-wear, through locally hand-painted or hand-embroidered designs. Whether you choose a customized look or a ready-to-wear one, you can rest assured that you’ve invested in a one-of-a-kind versatile staple that can seamlessly blend into any outfit. Carry a piece of Arabian heritage wherever you go from Horouf Fashion. Proudly designed and made in Lebanon.

C3 Sisters Shop

C3 Sisters Shop

It’s the story of 3 sisters, Christine, Caroline, and Carine ...the 3 Cs Since we were kids, we dreamt about a shop where we could sell meaningful items that caters to each of our customers. Years passed, and it remained a dream, until 2015 when I lost my sister Caroline to lung cancer. During that time, I (Christine; the first C) was looking for a job that fits with my artistic background and that fulfills my aspirations; Being passionate for Art and Nature and having studied Fine Arts and got my master's in 2014, and after working for a gallery, I discovered that I love working with wood. Finally I decided to embark on this journey of opening our dream shop in remembrance of my sister's soul, to realize what was once our common vision . This shop is an homage to her, and to make the 3 sisters’ dream come true. As mentioned above, the shop’s name holds our initials, and the 3Cs became C³ holding exponential power and passion. The wing in the logo is the sign of my angel sister ‘s presence and protection. The shop is created for anyone looking for a handmade, unique customized gift for all special occasions.

Ammona Handmade Doll

Ammona Handmade Doll

Designing handmade dolls is an art that I fell in love with and for that I put the time and effort to craft with passion a special doll with all its meticulous details. My dolls are made with high quality fabrics and are looking for a home and a companion to love them. You can custom make your own doll by sending us here a whatsApp with the details.

Nora Berjawi

Nora Berjawi

Nora Berjawi is a self-taught artist from Beirut, she tackles various mediums in her art work. She favors metallic acrylics in her arabesque style paintings. Nora has an abundance dedication to the Arabic letter, Arabic poems and Quran verses that is seen in most of her work. She is drawn to the abstract contemporary art style and still experimenting various artistic styles. 'I believe that art has a transformative power to heal, both the maker and the receiver of that art, and that’s what happened with me'. Nora Berjawi

Boutique Beyrouth

Boutique Beyrouth

Founded by Yara and Marwan, two Lebanese with diverse backgrounds, Boutique Beyrouth's main purpose is to encourage fair-trade in underdeveloped communities, as we work with the top craftsman and artisans. All our products are handmade with love and talent in Lebanon, providing the most unique and luxurious outcomes. Our products are made only with the most exquisite craftsmanship. Yara is a political activist, specialized in Transitional Justice. Boutique Beyrouth, for her, is a social enterprise where her passion for human rights and social development is transformed into the preservation of hand-craftsmanship and fair trade. Marwan is a Mechanical Engineer, specialized in mechatronics and automotive engineering. Boutique Beyrouth, for him, is a social enterprise where his passion for circular economy is transformed into circular fashion and fair trade. Boutique Beyrouth - not your typical Lebanese handmade styles, maintaining utmost quality and luxury.

Mohammed Imad Mahhouk

Mohammed Imad Mahhouk

Mohammed Imad is a Syrian calligrapher that resides in Turkey. He is a talented artist, who inspires passion and commitment to the art of calligraphy. His love for Arabic calligraphy was first inspired by the way his father used to write, to be developed further to become a way of life. He has participated in several exhibitions worldwide. He has worked in the field of Arabic calligraphy of all kinds through painting, designs, jewelry, manuscripts and calligraphy models and sculpture, and restoring old Islamic manuscripts.