Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Middle Eastern Aside (Table)

Last week were were traveling in Israel, taking in the amazing sights around the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, and, of course, Jerusalem.  Our trip was absolutely packed, starting at the crack of dawn and go, go, go! until we collapsed in the evening, with just enough energy left to stuff ourselves with fresh hummus, grilled vegetables, meat and salads of every kind and color.

Traveling with a group and following such a full itinerary meant that we didn't have time to explore back streets and wander through the markets, but we did still manage to do a bit of window shopping!  I have so many posts swirling around in my head now that I'm back and am sorting through our photos, but here are a few market shots to get started.  I love the rich colors and amazing patterns everywhere...

One thing I would have searched the markets for, if we had had more time to spare: a side table with the distinctive Middle Eastern hexagonal shape and arched cutouts.  We did see two and stopped just long enough to snap a photo.  On our next trip, maybe!

These tables are everywhere these days in design blogs and magazines, bringing a little complexity and exotic texture to all kinds of spaces.  Most often you can find them described as Moroccan, but many versions are inspired by Moorish and even Indian design, as well.  Even if you have never bought anything that's Middle Eastern in style, don't worry!  Their diminutive size makes them perfect for adding just a bit of fun flair without turning your whole space into something Aladdin designed.

The great thing about this look is that you really can find a range out there, from understated and simple to wild patterns and bright colors.  This aluminum one has fantastic oversized arches and clean lines, for $290.

This Dari hand painted side table would add such a fun pop of color and exotic flair to a room, and it's more affordable at $149.

Another great option from Amazon in blue and white for $140.

This White Webb Double Alexander Table combines takes the oriental table trend to a new level with lucite.  I love this!  But according to one blog, this little table is selling for $2295, making it more of a "champagne taste on a champagne budget" kind of item.

This white wooden octagonal side table, hand made in Egypt, would give you a more subtle middle Eastern flair than some of its more colorful counterparts.  I love the cutouts and the price- just $133.

Shalom, y'all!


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