December 2013: Christmas at Metroscope

December is here again and for many it means that Christmas and Hanukah and summer holidays are just around the corner. We’ve just looked at the calendar and shock, horror, there are only  three more weekends to go before Christmas Day.

We know that some organised people have started their Christmas shopping already, but from what we hear, there are many that haven’t. So we’re just going to give you a gentle reminder that Metroscope has a wonderful range of gifts for all budgets.

$15 and under
Gifts $15 and underWhether it’s for a Kris Kringle or a small thought, we have lots of beautiful things available for $15 and under. We have small hand-painted ceramic Moroccan bowls, canisters and salieres made in Safi Morocco and available in different colours; hand-painted tiles and mini-tagines from Fes; hands of Fatima for good luck – also made in Fes and beautiful brightly coloured soap rests, key rings, luggage tags and bottle coasters from the Images d’Orient range.

$30 and under
Gifts $30 and underOkay, so you’d like to spend a little more and for $30 and under we have packs of two coasters and the amazing round four level tins from the Images d’Orient collection. And all the way from Morocco we have hand-painted ceramic plates and small tagines from Safi, and handwoven bread baskets, hand (and foot)- turned kebab sticks made from cedar wood, hammered silver containers with the cutest little tassels and something completely different – the brass and velevet tayfour ( a perfect gift for a young girl).

$50 and under
Gifts for $50 and underFor under $50 we have a fabulous range of Images d’Orient coasters (packs of 6), trivets, change trays, tins with bowls or mugs, round placemats or the new Urban placemats, larger hand-painted Safi ceramic platters, bowls, jugs, sets of tea glasses (6), perfume bottles, korsis (small wood stools with woven date palm) and small metal lanterns and wall sconces.

Over $50
If you would like to spend a little more, we have a good range of pierced metal lanterns; some unique pieces of hand-painted ceramics from Fes; embroidered or woven kilim cushion covers; hand-stitched leather and suede ottomans; tassels; vintage silver and brass trays, teapots and hammam buckets; baskets with leather shoulder handles; hand-painted wood and embossed silver tables; hammered copper and brass hand basins, wrought iron mirrors and screens; and our fabulous mosaic tables and fountains all the way from Marrakech.

Online buying and interstate deliveries
Tea glasses, teapots, cushions, ottomans, rugs and all Images d’Orient products can now be purchased online. Check out our website at We can send most of our other goods anywhere in Australia and many to New Zealand, but we need your postcode to calculate freight.

Couriers are all getting very busy so don’t leave it till the last minute. If you want anything sent anywhere before Christmas, please get your orders in as soon as possible.

All the tables, fountains and wrought iron chairs and mirrors that are on our website are available, but must be pre-ordered  so we have time to check the grout and clean them up.

Opening hours over December and early January
Saturday December 7 we’ll be open our usual hours 10-5, but Sunday December 8, due to a very important birthday (Happy 90th Mum), we’ll be open from 10-1.
Saturday December 14: 10-5 and Sunday December 15: 11-5.
Monday December 16 to Friday December 20: 1- 6
Saturday December 21: 10-5, Sunday December 22: 11-5
Monday December 23: 11-5
Tuesday December 24: 11-5
Other times by appointment.

We will take a short break after Christmas and will re-open on Saturday January 4 and be back to our normal summer trading hours of Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 11-5, and other times by appointment.

And finally …..
We’d like to thank you for another wonderful year at Metroscope. We started the business in 2005 thinking we’d only be doing it for a couple of years. Here we are nine years later – still loving our buying trips to Morocco, our beautiful Moroccan and Images d’Orient handmade goods, and what makes it special are the many wonderful people we meet both here and in Morocco. So thank you!

We wish you all a happy Christmas or Hanukah, and a safe and happy new year and 2014.