This Stunning Carpet By Iwan Maktabi Is Up For Grabs At The Abu Dhabi Dream Ball

BY Ayesha Sohail Shehmir Shaikh / Jan 15 2020 / 13:40 PM

The vibrant rug, which was made in collaboration with celebrated graphic designer Rana Salam, has been generously donated by Iwan Maktabi as part of the benevolent gala's fundraising auction

This Stunning Carpet By Iwan Maktabi Is Up For Grabs At The Abu Dhabi Dream Ball
Iwan Maktabi
Beirut. Designed by Rana Salam for Iwan Maktabi. Handmade using wool and silk. 280x200cm

In support of increased access to healthcare for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, leading carpet brand Iwan Maktabi has auctioned a carpet entitled Beirut, part of the One Carpet for Love initiative, for the 2020 edition of the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball which is presented by Etihad Airways. Made in collaboration with celebrated graphic designer Rana Salam, the innovative designs of the limited edition piece depict the liveliness and eclecticism evident in Beirut. The rug will be a part of Abu Dhabi Dream Ball's fundraising auction which will benefit the UNHCR's efforts in Lebanon.


Beirut. Part of the One Carpet For Love initiative. Designed by Rana Salam for Iwan Maktabi. Handmade using wool and silk. 280x200cm

Courtesy of Iwan Maktabi

The designer, Salam, is the founder of the eponymous London-based Rana Salam Design Studio. Her design aesthetic notes inspiration from Middle Eastern culture and visual landscapes. The collaboration with Salam and Iwan Maktabi was formed in 2016 as part of the brand’s social initiative entitled One Carpet For Love.

The initiative is marked by the participation of 8 renowned designers from various industries: Bokja, Rana Salam, Orient 499, Maria Group, Karim Chaya, Marwan Sahmarani, Karen Chekerjian and Mohamed Maktabi.

"With One Carpet for Love, we want to take our approach a step further. We are aiming to create pieces that give back to society the love and support it has given us unconditionally over the decades," says Mona Maktabi, Managing Director of Iwan Maktabi.

"We are looking to create carpet designs that touch on different fibres of society that draw from different sources of inspiration. We called on Lebanon’s finest designers from all disciplines - be it jewellery, interiors, products or fashion - to collaborate with us in weaving various threads of society into carpet designs that showcase the rich tapestry of life in Lebanon. Following these collective endeavors, proceeds from the sale of each unique creation will be donated to selected charities around the country, ultimately creating carpet art that keeps on giving."

Hosted by Sawtona, the 2nd edition of the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball will be held ‪on Thursday 23rd of January 2020 at Emirates Palace in support of UNHCR‘s initiative in Lebanon to increase access to primary healthcare for Syrian refugees. This includes preventive and curative consultations, vaccines, essential medication for acute disorders & chronic illnesses, and mental health services.

Tickets and tables to the 2020 Abu Dhabi Dream Ball are available for purchase via 800 Tickets. All proceeds from ticket and table sales will be directed towards the UNHCR's efforts in Lebanon. 

To see the complete list of auction items at the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball, click here.