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This New Digital Marketplace is Promoting Arab Handcrafted Talent Worldwide

Saudi Aroma painting by Faisal AlKheriji. Photo: Courtesy of Al Bon

New digital marketplace Al Bon is helping design enthusiasts around the world discover curated creations handmade by creatives in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab world. Showcasing the history and techniques of hidden regional gems, shoppers will have access to a variety of products from furniture, artwork, and tabletops to lighting, fashion pieces, and gifts made by local artisans.

Photo: Courtesy of Al Bon

“Al Bon was created to help preserve Arab craftsmanship and highlight the diverse talent in our community,” the founders say. “By bringing attention to the region’s craft traditions and heritage, our goal is that the Al Bon marketplace will make it easier for customers to find these independent brands and to discover the stories behind each artist and designer. We hand select every piece with the hope that shoppers enjoy not only the beauty of each item but also discover something new about this enchanting part of the world.”

Tote bag by Les Bois De Perle. Photo: Courtesy of Al Bon

Al Bon, meaning “the gap between two objects” in Arabic and used internationally to refer to perfection and excellence, aims to preserve local heritage and help Arab businesses, families, and nonprofit organizations to flourish in their immediate community and in global markets. The e-commerce platform selects artisans from the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco, and Syria, with more nations being added daily.

Dining with Sultans dessert plate by Noura Bouzo. Photo: Courtesy of Al Bon

Featured creatives include Saudi artist Noura Bouzo, who has created miniature paintings from historical manuscripts on ceramic plates and hand-painted wood trays from 14th-century 8-point star mosque tiles, along with Faisal AlKheriji, who is a self-taught artist painting mixtures of Cubism and Surrealism with ever-present touches of Saudi culture. 

Classic Fellahy scarf by Nevin Altmann. Photo: Courtesy of Al Bon

Retail prices start at US $40 for a candle and go up to $9,000 for a custom mirror.

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