A serving platter in chunky marble with gold leaf handles. A Mabkhara burner with a crescent topper. A domestic fountain with water cascading in various sizes from Arabic vases.
Home furnishings shops are pulling out all the stops when it comes to Ramadan furniture and accessories this year as Covid-19 restrictions ease and socialization plans are in full swing.
Fahed Ghanim, managing director of Majid Al Futtaim – Lifestyle, goes so far as to say that the holy month is preparing to become “one of the busiest periods for our homewares category”.
Scroll through the gallery above to see Ramadan decorating options for shops in the United Arab Emirates.
“Living culture has a major impact on the mood,” says Adel Sajan, Managing Director of the Danube Group. “Your home is a safe haven, a place where you feel you belong and which reflects your personality and style. When decorating your home for the holy month, the same sentiments apply. The right furniture and accessories can create calm and evoke the spirit of the season.”
Hridesh Methwani, Head of Marketing for Pan Emirates Home Furnishings, says decoration is an emotional process that can bring family together and add a festive feel. “It also makes you nostalgic, brings back fond memories and leaves you with hope to make new memories together with family and friends.”
Accordingly, Ramadan furniture collections often include traditional designs and patterns, albeit with some contemporary adjustments.
trends for the season
Moroccan motifs are all the rage this season, with tile, ogive and trellis patterns featured in various collections. We love the black and white rug from Ikea’s Hembjuden Ramadan collection, designed by British artist Jennifer Idrizi; and Pan Emirates’ Marrakech cushion.
Islamic style accessories are another popular category at this time of year. “Creating prayer corners and hanging Islamic decor is a great way to prepare for the holy month. Islamic wall art and lanterns can be used to create a spiritual atmosphere,” says Sajan.
Racha Elabbas Studio offers wall art with appealing geometric patterns that feel conservative and contemporary at the same time. These are available at Bloomingdale’s, Crate & Barrel and Ounass.
serving dishes is perhaps one of the most effective additions to your iftar and suhoor table as most home decor brands offer artisan tableware, centerpieces and tea sets. We love Kashida’s Calligraffiti tissue box and Racha Elabbas Studio’s napkins, both stocked at Crate & Barrel; the Mazz decorative tray and Asra placemats from Pan Emirates; and Ikea’s traditional mugs and teapots, decorated with a Moroccan floral pattern.
Contemporary accessories can make your space feel modern and vibrant – just make sure they are tasteful. Crescent trees, which were all the rage last year, are back in stores (Crate & Barrel has one with green LED lights), and we also love the Pan Emirates “Ramadan Mubarak” pop art cushions and colorful Moroccan tiles pillowcases from Ikea; and domestic fountains for indoor and outdoor use from the Danube.
When it comes to gift optionsIn addition to dates and sweets, home accessories are a good choice. Think wall clocks with Islamic elements, scented oils and diffusers, bedding sets, vases, candle holders and figurines.
Secure your investment
On how to keep more expensive furniture working after the holy month, Sajan says: “Investing in good furniture, like a couch or a dining set, won’t go in vain just because Ramadan is over. You can easily add different pillows or other accessories to make the space work all year round.
“When shopping for Ramadan, it’s a good idea to think long-term and select pieces that can be modified for future use. For example, if you want more seating in your home for Ramadan, you can purchase ottomans, bean bags, or loungers that don’t take up too much space while still serving their purpose. In terms of dining room furniture, an extendable table is a good investment as it can accommodate all your guests for iftar and fold back down to normal size on other days.”
Methwani reinforces the sense of choosing eclectic pieces. “Gold, silver, and other metallic accents work perfectly year-round. You can also add accents like marble, acrylic and glass as they are trending now.”
Sajan shares his top yes’s and no’s when it comes to tweaking your decor during the holy month.
- Create a special space for prayer in your home and decorate it with Islamic art, rugs and shelves to stack Islamic books.
- Organize your pantry and decide in advance what you will be cooking each day. Arrange the cooking appliances in a user-friendly way and make sure they are all in good condition. If not, invest in quality kitchen appliances, cutlery and crockery.
- Make sure you have enough seating to accommodate all of your guests if you plan on hosting a lot of gatherings. Invest in a majlis or large dinnerware to suit your needs.
- Burn Bakhoor in your home to ensure it smells appealing. Bakhoor burners are available in a variety of stunning designs that will increase the visual appeal of your interior.
- Leave bar cabinets unlit to avoid attracting attention.
- Do not display obscene or vulgar decorations or wall art or depictions of living objects as this is against the precepts of Islam.
- Don’t put ashtrays on the coffee table.
- Do not display fruit or sweets on the dining table during Lent.
Updated March 24, 2022 3:35 am