One of the reasons why I have always loved to visit Prince bin Laden’s house in Abdulla, Dubai is that even though it is a desert resort town the houses still exude warmth and homely comfort. Though my stay was only for a week I was able to quickly warm up to the locals and get to know a lot of them. At one point during my stay an elderly gentleman approached me and invited me to his housewarming party. I was not really interested in attending since I already had other guests, but I accepted his invitation anyway just because I truly wanted to get to know this particular elderly man. During my visit I chanced upon a very interesting specimen of what could be called artistry – the kind of artistic ability that is possessed by craftsman when he has to create something from nothing.
When I visited bin Laden’s old mansion many years ago, the entire town was almost like a postcard come to life. There were dozens upon dozens of neatly crafted wooden or iron chairs and tables on which people laid out their treasures or enjoyed each other’s company. I was fascinated by the manner in which these older pieces of furniture had been built. Not only did I marvel at the ingenuity and skill of the craftsmen that accomplished this task, but I also saw how these old furnishings stood as strong and sturdy reminders of the history that goes along with bin Laden and his family.
Some of the furnishings were obviously handmade. In one corner you would find an intricately carved and exquisitely detailed chair that actually cost the owner quite a bit of money. Other pieces of furniture were fashioned out of metal, rather than wood, but they were made with the same care and attention to detail. It is amazing how even an old piece of furniture can still be beautiful and hold up to the test of time. Here are some examples of what I observed while I was staying at bin Laden’s.
One of the most impressive pieces of furniture I ever saw in my life was an intricately carved wooden chest. When it was finished, it actually looked like someone had lifted the lid and was inside putting items into the chest. The upper portions were covered with felt and the lower ones were adorned with cushions and padded benches. The feel of the chest was reminiscent of sitting at a desk in an old medieval castle. Of course, modern technology and an even greater desire for beauty have given us a whole new generation of furniture that is simply amazing.
There are several different types of furniture that are being constructed in bin Laden. Each type of furniture has its own unique look and style. I especially love the work that is being done in the furniture shops that are being constructed in Pakistan. A few of the pieces in this new line of furniture have already been assembled by hand, and others are being constructed by hand right now. These companies are committed to producing only the highest quality furniture and are taking every step necessary to ensure that their customers’ desires come to pass.
Some of the pieces of furniture being constructed in Binladen are replicas of classic antique pieces of furniture. One particular antique piece that I particularly like is the L’Orient Parisian Chair. This chair is over 100 years old and features beautiful golden cushions. The back of this chair features deep upholstered cushions. One side of the chair has a pullout drawer that has a ribbon attached to it. The entire chair is made from a very thick felt with legs and armrests that span across the seat.
Another piece of furniture in Binladen is the Rolos Chiffon Chair. This chair is an example of a sixteenth century French Chiffon Chair. While Chiffon was used during the time of the Renaissance, this material was only used during the earlier periods of French history. The sixteenth century Chiffon is much thinner than most Chiffon furniture pieces of furniture. It is being constructed by hand, using thread as well as needle and thread. This furniture is expected to last for generations if it is well taken care of.
The last type of furniture in binladen that I would like to discuss is the Dufleur Rooffler Chair. This chair is a reproduction of the Royal Dufleur Rooffler Chair which was designed by the great French furniture designer Prosper Desseres. The Dufleur Rooffler Chair is being constructed in the same factory that constructed the other Chiffon furniture pieces. This furniture is being sold by the separately.
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