The brain child of Her Majesty Queen Rania, JRF experienced a rebirth 3 years ago thanks to the creativity and vision of Faridon Abida and Khadija Bitar Raising the bar of handicraft quality and innovation, this non-profit concept store, located on the charming Rainbow street is a cornucopia of modern handicrafts, coupling authentic Jordanian artistic traditions with modern functionality and standards of quality. Products created by JRF handicraft centers, providing a livelihood to hundreds of women from all over Jordan. The traditional Jordanian manajel stitch for example gracing the top of a plexiglass foot stool. The showroom, housed in an historical villa, that served as a home and then as a school, is a glimpse into Amman's architectural history. Walking through this modern establishment, you can't but help feeling that you are in a new-age souk. Filled to the brim with tasteful products ranging from makeup bags to home accessories, you are sure to be roaming the store for a good hour or so. In true Jordanian tradition, you will be offered a glass of sweet tea or even a modern espresso by the friendly gate keeper Ali, which you can sit and enjoy in their delightful garden.
You will not want to leave this luxury multi-brand concept boutique at The Four Seasons Hotel. Zein Khasawneh has magnificently managed to bring together the most luxurious labels in the world with some of the most authentic grassroots handicrafts from around the globe. Merchandising them side by side in a way that highlights the other's strengths. At this gem of a boutique you see Erdem dresses hanging side by side Jordanian traditional embroidered shawls. Japanese tea sets, matched to Syrian wooden mother of pearl trays. Portuguese traditional table cloths from a remote village, matched to Rifaat Ozbek luxury pillows. All in a decadent yet approachable environment that will have you mesmerized. Once you have had your fill of the ground floor, walk up to the second floor that houses Zein K's modern take on the traditional arabic dress. As only Zein can do, these dresses, impeccably cut, and beautifully designed are a joy to the eyes.
All lovingly managed by the knowledgeable store manager Randa, ready to answer any of your questions, we guarantee you an unforgettable experience.
If you are really lucky, you will find May Mikhail Khoury at the boutique. Simply said, this shop is an embodiment of her vision, her talent and her vivacious personality. For years May has poured her artistic creativity, time and funds into making Badr Adduja what it is today, an award winning, internationally recognized brand. Whether you are in the market for a modern kaftan, an original, modern yet oriental table, an antique kilim or hard to find textiles from the region you will find it here. May will walk you through her establishment with the pride that only a mother can have, for what she has miraculously conceived. Appreciated by locals and Roberto Cavalli alike (he has purchased a piece of furniture from May) this modern handicrafts store is going from strength to strength, and is a fine reflection of Jordanian creative and business practice.
Created by the design duo, Zara Al Kilani and Dania Kurdi, these two ladies have brought much needed sophistication to the world of authentic embroidery. For years now these ladies have churned out traditionally inspired modern pieces that women the world over have lusted after. Turning the idea of arabic dress on its head, with international standard, designer styles that women are keen to wear to the most prestigious of events. Embroidered, superbly cut blazers, Grecian style dresses with authentic handiwork, and divine clutches rivaling those found at Barneys and Bergdorf.
The name Zdsuzani stems from their first initials, Z and D. The word suzani references the traditional Asian embroidery, which plays a large part in their respective cultures. Zara hails from Afghan royalty and Dania is half Pakistani. These influences have given their label an added authenticity that is hard to duplicate. You will leave their showroom financially depleted, yet creatively invigorated. We wish we could come with you !
This ambitious project is the brain child of Zeena AlAhmad, a modern concept store in the heart of Sweifieh, that brings together young emerging artists in a contemporary setting. T-shirts from Jordanian Fashion Attack, embroidered pieces from All Things Mochi, and interesting clutches by Zeena AlAhmad herself. Zeena has a real talent identifying young designers, her mission a noble cause in this era of globalisation. Her shop giving a voice to young pure creativity that would otherwise be drowned out by the industry giants.
What started off as trendy plant shop has now grown into one of the most intriguing concept stores in town. The keen eye of Maha Dahmash, able to single out the most interesting, original pieces from the region and beyond. No words can do justice to the warm, sophisticated ambiance of this Abdoun gem, it will need a visit. Glass votives from Belgian glass companies side by side Jordanian charity handicraft, gives this very special space a David and Goliath success story. While browsing the impressive collections, one feels a sense of creative justice, that if you are good enough, you will be chosen by Maha, regardless of how small or simple your work is. It is clear to all that this labour of love is a reflection of Maha's attitude on life, her bohemian attitude contagious, this shop is a must visit for creative inspiration and beyond.