Egyptian Heritage Rug Maker Kahhal 1871 presents “Outloud” collective in Cairo

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On such an epic date as 02.22.2022, Cairo and its booming art scene will be the backdrop to heritage luxury rug makers Kahhal1871’s latest collaborative event. A total of 14 prominent artists will be exhibiting their highly awaited designs of hand-knotted carpets and rugs.
For this second year, the star of the show will be a dynamic panel talk, including personalities “that have been true key players in the development of the regional design landscape thus far” – think AD’s Editor-in-Chief Taleb Choudhry, Lebanese, Saudi-based groundbreaking artist Ali Chabaan or Karim Mekhtigian, the celebrated head designer of Cairo-based design firm Alchemy.

Mohamed A. El Kahhal, fifth generation Managing Director and lead designer at KAHHAL 1871 initiated this event with the wish to “support the ailing, age-old carpet-making industry, breathing innovative and powerful solutions for the sustainability of the trade all the while preserving and respecting the legacy of the artisanal process.” Mohamed A. El Kahhal is the youngest of the Kahhal family to return to Egypt and brought in his singular vision to take the lead of the family heritage company while reinventing it.

The 14 chosen contributors are as followed:

Architectural Digest’s top 50 Middle East’s brightest talents
Architect Ahmed Fayyed
Award-winning architect and designer Cherif Morsi
Celebrity-favorite fashion designers Mounaz and Aya Abdel Raouf , founders of fashion brand Okhtein,
Founder and Creative Director of Form Design Engi Jaouda
Managing Partner and Design Director at Design Avenue Karen Fadel
Renowned architect and founder of Alchemy Design firm, Karim Mekhtigan
Parson’s graduate and Maram Paris fashion label founder, Maram Aboul Enein
Leading architect and Chief Designer at Alchemy Design firm, Mohamed Fares
Managing Partner and Creative Director at Design Avenue firm, Mohamed Talaia
Celebrity designer and Mahally founder Mona Hussein
Design Point co-founders Nehal Leheta and Karim El Hayawan
Interior designer and founder of her eponymous firm, Yasmine Makram Interior Design Studio
Architectural Digest’s top 50 Middle East’s brightest talents  

Designer sisters Aya and Mounaz Abdelraouf collaborate with Kahhal 1871 and Kahhal Kilims to create the “Nazar Capsule Collection” of Kilims, Silk and Wool rugs.

Cinema Radio will be the host of “Outloud”, a true ode to one of Cairo’s longest running “beacons of innovative design and Egypt’s cosmopolitan history and a nod to Al-Ismaelia Group’s ambitious downtown restoration projects“, which manages to marry multiple design eras at once. The designer’s limited editon rugs will be exhibited at Cinema Radio, as a result of the joint curatorial effort of Kahhal1871 and Design Avenue.

One of the panel talks you won’t want to miss

Discover more on KAHHAL 1871’s Instagram.