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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 (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.
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.
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 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, 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 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!
INAASH the Association for the preservation of Palestinian culture through embroidery. It is a non-profit organization which has been providing grassroots support to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon since 1969.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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
P’Odd is a brand that brings together the finest chocolate with creative design concepts and boxes. We combine the creative and luxurious artistic touch of a designer and the premium Belgium or German chocolate to offer you a variety of chocolate arrangements and boxes catering for your needs. Be it to satisfy your sweet tooth or to hand over an authentic gift, P’Odd products got you! In our products, quality always comes first. We pride ourselves in making the best out of our passion for design and our love for chocolate to bring to you the ultimate satisfaction.
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.
Mona Mohanna is a Lebanese designer, who left to Italy in 1989 where she received her Master’s degree in Fashion Design. Her thesis entitled ‘Controlled Seduction’ was quoted and illustrated in several prestigious fashion magazines. Since early inception, the fundamental characteristic of Mona Mohanna’s work is her ability to create a new interpretation of “East Meets West” by mixing traditional textiles from the Middle East and Asia under an occidental cut attracting the modern woman by bridging the gap between traditional and modern. The designer has a fully dedicated showroom in Milan, Italy, with clothes and accessories made in Lebanon. The fusion of traditional material and techniques, became Mona’s signature. Mona Mohanna’s work has been rewarded many times. In 2002, she received the prestigious prize Ismu awarded to foreign entrepreneurs in Milan. In 2006, she received the Primo Europeo Terziario Donna from the Chamber of Commerce in Milan.
This is a page where we curate from different small artisans from around the Middle East and North Africa, providing them with a page that appreciates their effort, skills, and talent in both artisanal & craft work . These amazing and hardworking talents deserve to share their beautiful handmade pieces with a larger audience and to reach markets beyond their locale.