As Egypt continues to experience political unrest, the legendary antiques trade continues to suffer. Al-Hussein in Cairo has seen trade fall, from being forced to stay open till midnight to deal with customers to not seeing a customer for days.
One antiques trader, Gomaa Saydehum laments the loss of trade, attributing the downturn to the stale economy, fewer tourists and lack of security. Saydehum displays treasures of Egypt which tell the story of ancient Egypt and the Arabs. A water pitcher with an image of King Farouq, fountain pens, silver trays, swords and tea sets adorn his shop, although he knows it will be some time before trade is restored.
Many items were owned by wealthy Egyptian families, some objects passed down through generations only to be sold in the 1950’s or 1960’s. Persian carpets, pocket watches which were made in Switzerland during the 19th century and fine art. Khan el-Khalili has antique shops full of treasured family heirlooms like chess boards which are made from ivory, mother of pearl or sandalwood. Some of the people would visit the shops to buy back items which had been sold to the antique dealers by their parents, or to find items which were similar.
Saydehum knows that if the tourism industry in Cairo improved, he would be able to sell his antiques which are of museum quality, although reasonably priced. Although the economy in the United Kingdom is unstable, the antiques trade shows no sign of slowing down, especially furniture like Victorian dining chairs . Lancashire has a number of reputable antiques dealers who are willing to help you find what you are looking for.
No comments yet.