Masen Zagli: “Inside the store there are many rooms decorated in the old Syrian style, with typical mosaics and carvings with seashells, bones, and ivory. This decorating style originally comes from Syria but it was brought to Jordan by Syrian people during the great immigration. It’s a style that requires lots of time. It was used to decorate pieces of furniture, mirrors, chests, and boxes.
We have colorful lanterns, which were once used to illuminate tents or to decorate rooms. They were imported from Egypt and Syria where artisans were specialized in making lanterns and decorating them.
In another room we store many types of small antiques such as kitchen utensils, silverware, jewels, coffee grinders and pots, which are necessary in Jordan since having coffee here is an important ritual, especially when you have guests over.
Here you might also find old telephones, televisions and radios, all objects that only rich people could afford back in the days.
In the store we have many old weapons on display, such as swords and guns from different eras. Men in the Arab world used to carry a silver dagger with them for everyday use and to defend themselves.
We have lots of ancient paintings that show how life used to be here in Jordan in different eras. We have a very ancient transcript of the Quran, handwritten and with a cover made of leather, ancient books and photographs showing the history of our land“.
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