The beautiful Images d’Orient collection of homewares was developed by Peggy Raphael Dabar of Lebanon.
Peggy says ‘I still remember the feeling of despair at the sight of an ancient house being destroyed, a deep-rooted site being modernised, an old precious fabric being replaced! … I came to realise that designing items that will promote the richness of our Mediterranean heritage was a dream we had to achieve.’
Peggy travelled from Lebanon to the United States where she took a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Boston. When she returned to Lebanon, Peggy and her brother Charbel decided that designing and producing items that would promote the richness of their heritage was a dream they wanted to achieve. In 2000 they formed the company Eusamex and the Images d’Orient collection was born. They created day-to-day products that combined the charm of their heritage with the contemporary look of PVC and silicone.
The Images d’Orient designs draw their inspiration from North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Each design has it’s own story.
Metroscope initially saw some of the Images d’Orient products in a high-end boutique in Marrakech in Morocco. We couldn’t resist it and we bought ourselves a set of placemats. We loved the colours and design so much, we had a look on the internet and the Images d’Orient website. We were really impressed by the colours and designs of the collections. To our dismay, nobody was bringing these beautiful products into Australia. After a number of emails, Metroscope became the Australian and New Zealand agent for Eusamex and the Images d’Orient collection.
The collections include coasters, bottle coasters, trivets and placemats. Some designs also include change/key mats, soap rests, key rings and luggage tags. There is also a range of tins and porcelain, magazine holders and trays. Mix and match or chose one style.
Not only are the designs and colours of the Images d’Orient range wonderful, they are also extremely practical. Coasters, placemats etc. are washable and heat resistant. The key rings and luggage tags are also hard-wearing and make identifying your keys and luggage easy. Most of the products come attractively packaged and make beautiful gifts.