Oriental motifs get a modern-day makeover

Six of the Best The age-old Moorish aesthetic is being refreshed, with geometric patterns and vibrant colours making their way into contemporary spaces.
Fusion wallpaper by Caselio.
Fusion wallpaper by Caselio.

Traditional oriental motifs are getting a modern-day makeover. This age-old aesthetic is being given a much needed refresh, with geometric patterns and vibrant colours making their way into even the most contemporary of spaces

Contemporary colourways

The Fusion wallpaper line by Caselio presents the swirling decorative lines of Arabesque styling in four attractive colourways. In addition to this taupe and turquoise combination, the wallpaper comes in white, beige and gold, and green and white. Dh160 per roll, Little Luxuries, Arabian Centre and Town Centre, Dubai, www.littleluxuries.ae

Oriental imagery

The Lebanon-based Image d'Orient mixes traditional motifs and modern materials to create these PVC coasters, placemats and trivets. These examples are from the Sejjadeh collection, but there are plenty more to choose from. Placemat, Dh175, set of six coasters, Dh125, trivet, Dh125; Bloomingdale's, Dubai Mall, www.bloomingdales.com

Shadows and light

Lanterns and candles are a key element in oriental styling, but instead of opting for the ubiquitous glass version, this white metal-cut model creates a more sophisticated soft light. Dh195, Zara Home

True blue

Blues of all shades are taking centre stage this autumn, and this beautiful rug from Zara Home with a delicate, Moorish-inspired design is a great starting point around which to build your look. Melita Rug, Dh625, Zara Home

Soft touch

Add a splash of jewel-bright colour and an eye-catching finishing touch to your modern Moorish look with this hand-embroidered tasselled cushion, part of The One's new-season collection. Dh149, The One stores nationwide


Scented candles can often have beautifully designed packaging, yet disappointingly plain votives. The vibrant, geometric-patterned glass on Designers Guild's Leopold candle means this one looks as good on the inside as it does on the out. Dh184, Designers Guild at Maison d'Art

Discover other six-step makeovers for a more modern, stylish home at Six of the Best.


Published: August 18, 2011 04:00 AM


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