Find souvenirs, art, furniture and specialty stores in Amman
In the past years, I have discovered some local art and artists in Jordan. Over time, I have acquired some unique items of pottery, art, and furniture. In this article, I am going to highlight my favorite artisans and shops in Amman, Jordan. I mentioned most of them on my website, previously. The majority of the items are made in Jordan, although, some come from other Middle Eastern countries such as Syria, Morocco, Iraq, or Egypt.
Most likely, you will not come across all of these shops as a tourist while strolling on the rainbow street or downtown Amman. However, you might still find a nice souvenir for you to take home. Either if you reside in Jordan or are in Amman a visit, I can only urge you, to approach some of the artists and their shops or workshops and discover their artworks. No matter if you are on the lookout for paintings, coffee mugs, rugs, or unique items of clothing. Many of them create customized items and also deliver outside of Jordan. Especially now, that we are all stuck at home, you can support these entrepreneurs or businesses by purchasing a gift to yourself or loved ones. All listings are alphabetical.
Essah Ahmed Farah – Carpets, Rugs, and Souvenirs from Jordan
EA Farrah Carpets has two wonderful stores filled with carpets, rugs, and other Jordanian souvenirs. While one shop is at the end of Rainbow street next to Hunaya, the other one is in downtown Amman. The first and older location is the bigger shop downtown. The selection of products is huge and they have so many varieties of carpets and rugs. In addition, they refurbish old rugs and weave new ones there. Despite the rugs and camel bags, you can find many different Middle Eastern souvenirs, such as coffee kettles, small wooden boxes, brass items, etc. The Rainbow street branch is smaller but also has a nice collection of carpets, rugs, and decor items on display.
Eyad Al-Masri – Amman-based Artist from Jordan
Eyad Al-Masri is a Jordanian artist, who creates wonderful pieces by using mixed media, usually painting with oil on carved wood. His paintings feature a combination of influences from different Arab regions, peoples, and epochs, therefore turn his images into a historic showcase. Dr. Al-Masri’s artworks have been shown in several galleries in Jordan and internationally. Furthermore, he arranges to see his artworks in his house in Amman while hosting his guests. He also sells other Middle Eastern decor items and Syrian chests with Mother of Pearl. Finally see some pictures of his artworks that I purchased from Mr. Eyad.
Mosaic – Syrian Furniture with Mother of Pearl and Engravings
Rajai owns a small furniture store, called Mosaic where he creates and restores old, Middle Eastern furniture. He sells pieces with Mother of Pearl and also engravings. Despite making new custom furniture, he repairs and restores old cabinets, tables, chairs, doors or chests. Some of the old chests from Syria are really amazing. Hence, you should make a visit to his small store attached to the workshop in Fuheis, a bit outside of Amman. The picture above shows a set of a table with two chairs in the typical Syrian Mother of Pearl design that we purchased.
Nissa Raad -Jordanian Artist from Amman
Nissa (Fakhrelnissa) Raad is a self-taught Jordanian artist and granddaughter of Fakhrelnissa Zeid. She works with mixed media and explores urban as well as natural landscapes in contrast with people, in her artworks. Previous years, her paintings were featured in several local and international, both solo and group exhibitions. In Amman, some of the paintings of the triple mother can be found at the Wadi Finan Art Gallery. Lately, blue and green colors are very dominant in her work, which is really refreshing.
Spaceulous – Ceramics Products Crafted by Deaf People in Jordan
The second wonderful Jordanian pottery studio I want to point out is Spaceulous. The studio creates stunning sets of plates, cups, candle holders, bowls, and alike. They have fresh designs combined with simple modern patterns and drawings. Most importantly, all employees in the workshop are deaf. So, by supporting Spaceulous, you are supporting these workers and their families. Their showroom is located near Sha’ab Circle. Finally, you can see a set that we acquired.
Terracotta – Jordanian Pottery with Beautiful Calligraphy
One of the first ceramic stores I discovered in Jordan, is Terracotta. Immediately, I fell in I love with their items that usually have Islamic/Arabic inscriptions in traditional fonts. Mainly, Ensherah and her team create bowls, plates, coffee, and tea sets. In addition, they offer vases, other decor items, and create customized plates with family trees pictured. Everything is created here in Jordan by a small team, who put all their handicraft skills in these items. If you look for high-quality pottery with beautiful calligraphy and designs, make sure to pay them a visit in Khalda, Amman. Below are further pictures of some of their items.
An Oase of Unique art and fashion gifts in Amman – Ola’s Garden
Ola’s shop is hidden at the end of the rainbow street if you go all the way down and then turn right. When entering her “garden” you will find handmade jewelry, fashion items, and decor items. Each piece of jewelry, clothing, or decor is unique. They usually involve several different materials and combine traditional Jordanian/Palestinian designs with Ola’s unique taste and ideas. Therefore all of Ola’s items are truly unique as you won’t find this mix somewhere else. A true oasis for special souvenirs from Jordan.
Qadeem – Jordanian hand-crafted Pottery
Another great pottery design studio near 2nd circle is Qadeem. They sell plates, bowls, and coffee sets among other interesting items. The ceramics studio combines wonderful pottery with vivid colors and great designs. Also, you will find something for specific seasons or occasions such as Easter, Autumn, or Ramadan. Below is pictured a set that we purchased.