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 Post subject: BUYING FURNITURE FROM CAIRO
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:44 pm 
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Hi.
We've had an apartment in Nebq ,Sharm El Sheikh now for 3 years. It is
furnished but we are hoping to move to Sharm permanently in a couple of
years and would like to start getting some more luxurious, homely furniture.
We are visiting Cairo in November and was wondering can anybody offer
any advise on places in Cairo to get good deals on furniture, and is it
an easy task to get them to deliver to Nebq.
Any help would be much appriciated
Thanks
Paula


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 Post subject: Re: BUYING FURNITURE FROM CAIRO
PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 9:02 am 
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Just happened to look in here, and since I myself had pretty similar interests, here is a good thread discussing more or less the main options available in Cairo:

http://www.egyptsearch.com/forums/ultim ... 2;t=018039

Just in way of summing it all up:

If you want to have a fast overview, go to Makram Ebeid Street in Nasr City - it is one of those passing the City Stars or at least very close. Most dealers of ready made furniture are there, but they are many so it easily takes a full day there, or at least half a day. Orientale Weavers are also there if you fancy a cheap 100% wool carpet made in Egypt, 2,5x3,5m should go for something around 2000-2500LE, unless inflation is hitting in :).

In&Out looks very fancy, and so are prices, but the quality of their soft furniture is the cheapest - everything based on synthetic rubbers and foam. The same goes for Shatex, unfortunately but Shatex has a great range of textiles, pretty modern tastes available there - combined linen and cotton etc, for those who decide to use a carpenter. Shatex has a shop in City Stars, I&O is also in Maadi Carrefour.

MFFCO and TAKI are somewhat cheaper in style and perhaps the most bizarre, meaning you can make "finds" there, perhaps, or pick up some cheap kitchen tables and cupboards that look great enough. TAKI was available in Sharm somewhere behind the Old Sharm Metro, one can have a glimpse of their furniture there, kind of a bit of all sorts :).

Pinocchio seems to be a "brilliant youngster" in the bunch, I quite like their will to incorporate oriental style into modern design. But am not familiar with their quality.

Lastly, if you would like to make use of the Egyptian quality handwork and real mastership, and if the furniture on Tarek Trade page seems like at least a bit consideration-worthy - perhaps go and see if they have any models that could suit you, or if they can do what you want based on a photo from any furniture magazine or site.

For the latter, BTW, couldn't the Sharm furniture shops somewhere in Rowaysat do the same? What they put out in general seems a bit cheap, but they might be able to do better, if you know to ask. So perhaps start there.

What I myself did in the end, was still to order from a local carpenter (but that is in Menoufeya then :). A copy of this sofa here, you can find measures and everything on the site
http://www.dfs.co.uk/sofas/corner-sofas/madison/

..cost us 4000LE plus textiles around 1000LE, we did not use leather. Just for orientation :). A very similar one, with Shatex gorgeous textiles but otherwise simple rubber and foam, cost 10 000LE in City Stars.
A good piece of soft furniture should have hand-tied metallic springs inside, padded with camel hair and covered with rubber foam, that also comes in many qualities. Cheaper ones are harder but do not "spring" back - so finally holes will develop in places where you sit, pretty fast. Better ones feel softer but they regain form immediately when you stand up, thus offering more comfort while lasting longer. Here they use those two types but there may be more (there sure are in the world) so simply know to ask about those things. Looks nice but - what is inside, ugh?

Finally, it the sofa uses double layer of mattresses then the upper layer is either simple foam, or foam covered with an additional layer of synthetic cotton - again more soft and more "perky". :)

Ask to have all cushions - also seat cushions - supplied with zippers for easy washing, it does not cost here, but ask for strong ones - ours are on the sides and because they are about a meter long, have a tendency to "self-open" when there is heavier load on the cushion. :)

Hope it helps those who are interested.
Regards!


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