British wallpaper house de Gournay has opened a showroom in Beiruit.
The company has unveiled its premises in what it calls the "historic hub of Beirut’s artistic cognoscenti," the Achrafieh quarter of the Lebanese capital.
In a 1920s apartment building with lofty ceilings, de Gournay's luxurious hand-crafted wallpapers are resplendent in every room.
In celebration of the location, de Gournay invited India Mahdavi and David/Nicholas, two firms with strong links to the city, to work on custom designs for the property.
In the office, Beirut based design studio David/Nicholas envisaged an embroidered wall upholstery ‘Glyph,' inspired by ancient symbolic scripts.
Mahdavi’s decorative evocation of Persian miniature painting results in ‘Abbāsi in the Sky’: a contemplative, stylised landscape on black dyed silk spanning the walls of a reception room.
Also available to see by appointment is new design ‘Klimt’ - a new design inspired by the titular artist's famed 'Gold' period that elevates the showroom's bathroom into a setting of vivid art deco splendour.
Founder Claud Cecil Gurney says: “I always knew I wanted to open a showroom in Beirut. It has so many different cultures in one place. It is a crossroads of Arabic, French and English - when you get a mix like that it’s magical.”