Gilan jewellery will soon make its glittering Middle East debut in the Kingdom of Bahrain, facilitating accessibility to its lavish collections for the upper echelons in the region, it was announced yesterday (13th September) at a press conference held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Gilan's operations in Bahrain will begin as an appointment-only private service until the official opening of their boutique by the end of 2007. The Company plans to establish two sales points in the region by the end of 2008.
"Our Bahrain debut is the first step in establishing a permanent presence in the region, and I am confident that our collections will be well-received by our target," said Mr. Muharrem Gilan, Gilan President.
"Gilan is a melange of modern western culture fused with the mysticism of the Orient.
Our bold yet distinctively graceful designs are a breath of fresh air in a stable jewellery market, and they are sure to appeal to the self-confident and expressive Arab woman," Mr. Gilan continued.
"Striving to reflect each woman's unique personality, Gilan only makes exclusive, limited edition jewellery, catering to individual style and panache. The pursuit for excellence is unambiguously visible at every stage of design and production," Mr. Gilan concluded.
Lauded as the brand of the 21st century, and catering to a high-end life style, Gilan's New York boutique on 5th Avenue, neighbours the likes of Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Van Cleef and Arpels. The Company, which has a 25 year legacy in jewellery design- 15 years of which is the Gilan brand- also has boutiques and showrooms in Paris, Moscow, Istanbul, and Baku.
Founding brothers Ferhan and Muharrem Gilan began designing jewellery in a 1.5-square-metre workshop in Bursa, Turkey. Today their pieces adorn A-Listers and distinguished family members such as Princess Yasmine Aga Khan, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Penelope Cruz and many other devotees. Some of Gilan’s customers are even collecting the opulent brand.
Inspired by both a grandmother who designed haute couture garments for the pashas and sultans of the magnificent Topkapı Palace, and by the Palace itself, the founders began studying traditional jewellery-making techniques while still attending university. Benefiting from their location in the original birthplace of jewellery, rich in thousands of years of jewellery production customs, the Gilans absorbed the intricate Anatolian artisan traditions and craftsmanship.
While the most well-known jewellery houses work with Anatolian jewellers for this reason, Gilan's products- steeped in rich Ottoman heritage- extravagantly flaunt the allure and magic of Turkish culture. Gilan’s patented signature tulip-cut diamonds and gems, for instance, were inspired by the ubiquitous tulip patterns depicted in Ottoman tiles, textiles, manuscripts, and art during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Also symbolizing the founders' strong sense of national pride was when Topkapi Palace was in serious need of a restoration: the Turkish Ministry of Culture, turned to the Muharrem and Ferhan himself supervised every aspect of the renovation with as much care and commitment as he would one of his designs, ensuring that the palace was restored to its original splendour.
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