Antiques are loved by many across the world for their craftsmanship, historic value and old-world charm. An antique may be a sample of human creativity or an item of day-to-day use, which tells the story of some bygone era. Rich in material and aesthetic value, it is hardly surprising that antiques have always fascinated humans.
Understandably, the buying and selling of antiques and collectibles is big business, besides being a hobby for some. One can buy antiques at auctions, shops, shows and online. One may even discover treasures at garage sales and flea markets. Qatar, with its rich heritage, illustrious history and royal background, is a hub of many such treasures. There are antique shops all over Qatar, which makes the place a collector’s delight.
One of the best destinations for antique lovers in Qatar is Souq Waqif, Doha. Located in an alley of the souq is a shop whose collection reflects how life was in Qatar many years ago. Look through the items stacked on the shelves of this tiny shop and you may just chance upon a treasure.
Champs Elysee Palace on Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street was initially open for people to just come and see but soon, with demand growing, things were put on sale. The store has a loyal clientele for old stamps, books, coins, photographs, maps and banknotes. There are also other items that are cheaper and bought by tourists as souvenirs.
Al Afghani Bazaar in City Center specialises in oriental handcrafted items made of silver, brass, wood, ceramic, mother of pearl, glass and old jewellery. The shop is teeming with items from Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Sri Lanka, India and Jordan. It even has a set of milling stones.
Located in the Al Sakhama area towards the north of Doha, Arabian Artifacts is the perfect store if you are looking to redecorate your home with some collectibles. The shop has antiques such as doors and windows from all over the Middle East and Asia. There is also a collection of chests, tables, cupboards, silver and copper wares.
Antiques & Islamic Arts on Al Waab Street was established in the 70s. It houses some true gems and is a collector’s delight. The store has collected some unique items over time and these artefacts are mostly handmade and have a history behind them.
Within the compound of The Center in Muntazah is the house of treasures, Khazana of Kashmir. As the name suggests, the shop mainly houses handmade and antique pieces from Kashmir, specialising in wooden furniture, wooden chests and carpets. A beautiful collection of pashmina textile creations and handmade papier mache works can also be found here. A little bit on the expensive side, the shop also sells jewellery such as semi-precious stones and vases as well as figurines made of wood, copper and marble.
So, next time you plan to go curio shopping or decide on including an antique piece to your home decor, check out these treasure troves in and around Doha. If you know of any other antique shops, please drop us a note and we will be glad to include them on our list.
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