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LEBANON: Tarazi family preserve 150-years of family tradition, custom made oriental furniture

The Tarazi family have been making oriental furniture in Lebanon for many years. In fact, in 1862, the founder of the business Dimitri Tarazi supplied oriental woodwork to the Ottoman royal court which ruled the Middle East at the time. Soon there were branches in Jerusalem, Cairo, Alexandria and Casablanca making and selling everything from mother-of-pearl chests to oriental carpets. The business is instilled with a mixture of talent and love for the craft that continues to run in the family to...

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Timecode:12:13:50:09 - 12:18:32:16
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Syndication:MIDEAST-APR29-3062-LEBANON-FURNITURE MAKERS MIDEAST: STORY 3062
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (APRIL 28, 2009) (REUTERS) WIDE OF FRENCH AMBASSADORS' RESIDENCE KNOWN AS THE ''RESIDENCE DES PINS'' EXTERIOR OF RESIDENCE MAIN DOOR OF RESIDENCE CLOSE OF ARABIC WRITING INSCRIBED ON DOOR READING: ''This is the work of Gebran Tarazi'' WIDE OF INTERIOR OF RESIDENCE, THE OTTOMAN SALON MOSAIC WORK ON THE WALL MORE OF SALON BROUMMANA, LEBANON (RECENT) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF TARAZI SHOP VARIOUS OF MOSAIC WORK AND ORIENTAL FURNITURE ON DISPLAY IN SHOP WINDOW CLOSE OF SIGN READING IN FRENCH: 'From Father to Son Since 1860' WIDE OF ORIENTAL FURNITURE IN SHOP VARIOUS OF FURNITURE WIDE OF ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER MICHEL TARAZI SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER, MICHEL TARAZI, SAYING: "Our grandfather used to work for the Ottoman court, he used to make furniture and sell it in Turkey to the Ottoman royal court. And then we started to build residential palaces in Beirut. We built several homes during the days of the original founder of the Tarazi b...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (APRIL 28, 2009) (REUTERS) WIDE OF FRENCH AMBASSADORS' RESIDENCE KNOWN AS THE ''RESIDENCE DES PINS'' EXTERIOR OF RESIDENCE MAIN DOOR OF RESIDENCE CLOSE OF ARABIC WRITING INSCRIBED ON DOOR READING: ''This is the work of Gebran Tarazi'' WIDE OF INTERIOR OF RESIDENCE, THE OTTOMAN SALON MOSAIC WORK ON THE WALL MORE OF SALON BROUMMANA, LEBANON (RECENT) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF TARAZI SHOP VARIOUS OF MOSAIC WORK AND ORIENTAL FURNITURE ON DISPLAY IN SHOP WINDOW CLOSE OF SIGN READING IN FRENCH: 'From Father to Son Since 1860' WIDE OF ORIENTAL FURNITURE IN SHOP VARIOUS OF FURNITURE WIDE OF ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER MICHEL TARAZI SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER, MICHEL TARAZI, SAYING: "Our grandfather used to work for the Ottoman court, he used to make furniture and sell it in Turkey to the Ottoman royal court. And then we started to build residential palaces in Beirut. We built several homes during the days of the original founder of the Tarazi business. They built the palaces in the Sursock district of Beirut, almost all the houses there are the work of Tarazi. The Sursock palace, the Bustros palace, the Daouk home in Hamra and the Karami home in Tripoli. And then, during my father's time, the business spread in Arab countries.'' CLOSE OF WOODWORK ON CUPBOARD DOORS WIDE OF CUPBOARD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEBANESE ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER, MICHEL TARAZI, SAYING: ''It is in our blood. The Tarazi family are all artists. My cousins are artists. And we are preserving the family's heritage. In a few years, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the business. It is inherited in our blood from a long time ago and we love it, we were born with it and we will continue with it. My son now is considered the fifth generation in the business.'' WIDE OF ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER TOUFIC SADEK WORKING VARIOUS OF SADEK MAKING ORIENTAL LIGHT REFLECTING WOODEN PIECE CLOSE OF WOODWORK WIDE OF WOODWORK CLOSE OF ORIENTAL CHEST (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER, TOUFIK SADEK, SAYING: ''I have been doing this since 1958, I learned the business and continued with it and loved it. We are going back to the past and continuing with it so the craft does not die. This is a very old business and this is why we teach, we will teach anyone who comes, not just our sons.''

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BROUMMANA, LEBANON (RECENT) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SON OF MICHEL TARAZI, ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER CAMILLE TARAZI, SAYING: ''Naturally, I went in to the business with my father, because I have been living it since I was young. I saw my grandfather and my father at work and it got into my blood easily without anyone teaching me anything. It was very easy to get into it.'' ORIENTAL CHANDELIER WIDE INTERIOR OF TARAZI SHOP...

BROUMMANA, LEBANON (RECENT) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SON OF MICHEL TARAZI, ORIENTAL FURNITURE MAKER CAMILLE TARAZI, SAYING: ''Naturally, I went in to the business with my father, because I have been living it since I was young. I saw my grandfather and my father at work and it got into my blood easily without anyone teaching me anything. It was very easy to get into it.'' ORIENTAL CHANDELIER WIDE INTERIOR OF TARAZI SHOP

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