House of Mirrors | Details

One of the memories I look back from Kuwait is seeing the House of Mirrors.I find this so interesting because it was a pure labor of an amazing  Italian woman I have ever known in my life, Ms. Lydia Al-Qattan. Meeting her in person is really a great experience. Her  house is mainly full of detailed mirrors and glass pieces embedded in each parts of the house. So much talent, creativity and hard work shown in each mosaic.The patterns engraved in each room shows her surreal and almost unreal world of imagination & talent. My photos can’t even do justice on her work.

The house itself is one of the reasons why it pays to explore and find beautiful details like this in Kuwait.I am so glad I have seen it. Quite a rarity, an ideal example of genuine creativity out of termite crisis! Just look at the entrance door?

Isn’t this so inviting?

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The Door of the Hose of Mirror. Happy Man & Wife , symbolizing a beautiful union of marriage in one roof.

Now If you will be in this bathroom, would you immediately do your “business “and ignore how  beautiful these intricate patterns done?

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The bathroom in creative patterns of glass pieces.

Or how about washing your hands in this sink? I could stay in this bathroom for hours.

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Thousands of glass pieces embedded in reflecting colored patterns.

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Would you climb the stairs without first admiring this wall full of intricate writings and calligraphy?

 

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House of Mirrors in Kuwait

 

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Arabic calligraphy embedded in glass pieces.

An experience like this is so cool and unique. I can tell you that no one goes out from this house not  feeling inspired, bewildered and amazed.I was .

I would definitely recommend this to any of my friends who would visit Kuwait. For anyone who would spend their days living there or just relocated for a new job or assignment, then this is one cool places you must not miss!Here’s my practical tips for you to keep in mind in your visit.

  • Always make sure to go with a bunch of friends to ‘House of Mirrors’ since it’s an experience that should be shared.The more, the merrier!
  • The cost of the tour is KD3 on weekends and KD2 per person on weekdays.Better call first ahead of time so you can arrange an appointment for a special tour if necessary.
  • There is a gallery of Mrs. Lidia art on sale, and those who are impressed by her work are free to make a purchase, towards the end of the tour.She is playing a game and the one who wins gets one of her artworks! I got one for myself.
  • Be prepared to sit for tea and treats and spend a good bit of time with delicious homemade apple cake in her living room with a discussion about Kuwait history, Lidia’s history and the methods she used for her creation.the house itself smelled of cinnamon ginger tea. Amazingly homely!

Contact Details of House of Mirrors :

Address: House 17, Street 94, Block 9, Qadisiya, Kuwait
Telephone: +965 2251 8522 or check out HERE for any updates.

My awesome friends in AWARE Center also regularly conducting arranged tours in this place. You can check out their upcoming events and schedule Here.

You need to see this place for yourself for you to appreciate the whole thing.

I am posting this post is in response to WP photo challenge :Details

House of Mirrors

“You know a creative art when you see it. It doesn’t matter what is its form but you know the genuine talent that comes with it. One thing for sure , a masterpiece always come with hardwork..lots of it.” [ Personal Quote ]

I found a gem in Kuwait which i wanna share with you. It’s called the “House of Mirrors”. It is a MUST-SEE for someone who’s in K-town or a visiting tourist. Meeting the Artist itself is a thrilling experience.

Up Close & Personal : Meet the Artist

Lidia Al-Qattan is one of a kind. Like a rose in a desert. She is an Artist , Sculpture , Painter , Jewelry -Maker , Writer  & Author , Baker , An Art Enthusiast , and a Mother. She makes the most amazing orange/honey/ginger /cinnamon juice mix to die for . Until now i couldn’t forget  the scent , taste & warmth as she opened the glass-adorned doors that allows us to enter her world. She is full of energy and very enthusiastic vibe. You wouldn’t even believe that she’s in her 70’s already. She is a great Host.

Ms.Lidia Al Qattan is  an Italian living in Kuwait  and widowed since 2003. She’s warm , Lovely ,talented , Outspoken & wonderful person. As soon as she opened the doors of her house , you will be transported into a different realm , into a world of magical House of Mirrors. A myriad of beautifully designed house of small pieces of broken glass panels. Her house and her work is an opt of physical metaphor of her own life and her new found home , Kuwait.

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The Living Room..where the magic begins.
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A patchwork with Lidia’s name

Bad things that turned into something Great 

Because of the attack of Termites  in her house in Qadsiya, Lidia transformed her house into a Mirror House. ALL BY HERSELF . She showed us her photos in overalls , doing the work. At first it was to repair an ugly scribbling on the wall made by her daughter. She repaired it by covering it with broken pieces of glass panels .But soon termites infest through the walls. It started in her living room , then off to another until the whole household was transformed. She sticked small panels of mirror forming a creative patch over the walls. She incorporate a unique mosaic ,inscriptions and patterns to her work .

Creating with a Vision

Lidia creates  with a vision in her mind. Using glass & its reflective properties , she created a reflection of what is close to her heart. She is passionate about what she do. Every patchwork has a story , a significance , a theme , a symbolic image of her life and her interests . The walls  are adorned with intricate Arabic writings . She have made one room with Astronomical images and being in that room is so dreamy that I could stay there for hours.In the bathroom is another amazing experience .I did not go there to pee , i just stared at the beauty of it for quite sometime.

 

Diversity at Large

As she ushered us from one room to another ,we are brought into somewhat different dimension. This house is full of insane creativity , uniqueness & wisdom . She has one room full of her artwork as a painter . She has a gallery of her  finest paintings and craft things. In another room is an interactive room  she called “Art Theraphy “. I remember the magical chants she played in the “Nucleus of the Galaxy ” and the surreal feeling of the whole experience while we watch the lights  images shown in the ceiling. It was awesome.

 

There’s so much more to say about this lady  but my words will not do her justice because she is just a legend &  i consider her one of the greatest artist I have ever met in my life. If you want to visit the House of Mirrors , you need to set up an appointment first .

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Exquisite Beauty inside the House of Mirrors

Travel Tips !

Try to go with a bunch of friends to ‘House of Mirrors’ since it’s an experience that should be shared. The more the merrier .There is a small fee for this tour ,It costs  3 KD  on weekends and 2 KD  per person on weekdays.There is a  fine gallery of Mrs. Lidia art on sale, and those who are impressed by her work are free to make a purchase, towards the end of the tour.Try to be game & join her game for you might win one of her beautiful crafts.

I love everything about this place. I highly recommend it !

Thank you for reading !