"I am delighted to share another of Oumnia's visions, which I have successfully realized, with everyone: the Creation of handmade kelim
[carpets] with my designs proudly made here in Lebanon by talented women artisans from Arsal," she said.
Everywhere you look the walls are hung with a riot of rugs, carpets and kelims
, Congolese Kuban cloth and cushionings, and jewel-coloured Susanis from Uzbekistan.
Habitat and The Pier have furniture and accessories to suit this style, and John Lewis has a great selection of Turkish rugs and kelims
Our house was a testimony to their journeys, furnished with Turkoman kelims
, paintings of Chinese farmers, ashtrays of coconut shells, ebony elephants which served as door stops.
See you there.Where to eat: Daphne's roof terrace for rich, sauce-based Turkish/German dishes; Tyche restaurant for a traditional rooftop feast with clay-oven meals; and the splendid Ottoman House, where you sit barefoot on kelims
and cushions under tented carpets and enjoy authentic Turkish platters by candlelight.
Over the past couple of decades Rufus has become an acknowledged expert on kelims
and oriental carpets with their rich traditional patterns in hand-woven wools and silks.