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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Old City Artists: Maro Sandrouni - a secret in the Christian Quarter

During my research for a tour on artists in the Old City, I had the fortune to meet up with Maro Sandrouni, only daughter of the well-known Sandrouni family famous for their beautiful handmade ceramics.

After working with her three brothers for many years, she decided to go it alone and the result is the House of St. George for Authentic Art at number 27, St. George's Street.

 
House of St. George for Authentic Art

Tucked away on a narrow side street close to the Jaffa Gate, Maro's gallery houses designs inspired by the different cultures of the Holy Land. As owner and artistic designer, Maro Sandrouni is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NY. In addition to her training in Florence and New York, Maro expanded her artistic horizons while working at the family owned workshop for Armenian ceramics.

The Sandrouni family story is similar to that of many other Armenians who fled to Palestine at the beginning of the 20th century and have since graced Jerusalem with their skills in hand-painted ceramics, photography, jewellry and, in Maro's case, fashion.


Gates of Jerusalem Dress - inspired by the Old City

Take a moment to step into the gallery, housed in a historic structure, and admire the hand-crafted dresses, scarves, jewellry and even ceramic kaftans - all the product of Maro's creative talents.

Maro is starting to branch out and offer embroidery workshops to anyone looking to discover their creative talents and enjoy a couple of hours in good company.

 
Maro can be reached in her gallery at 02-6277177

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