There are a lot of stores around the country that import items from India and China. Some do it well, others – not so much. How good the place is depends on the mix, and the taste (or lack thereof) of the buyers. Hotam looks like one of the better ones (just from looking at their online store – which includes prices, BTW) and is located in Kfar Saba.
Their site has a massive amount of items. I can only assume that the store is a warehouse. The products range from the good, to the bad, and yes – there’s quite a bit of ugly. But I’m focusing on the good today. I would recommend having a look at their site for some of the ugly (hint – look at their beds.)
I fell in love with two lamps in particular. This one (above) and the one below. They aren’t particularly expensive considering the glass shade and metal base – but I need to see it up close and personal to know if it’s a cheap metal base or not. Love the pattern on the frosted glass shade.
These could be very sweet in a ‘shabby chic’ bedroom – the styles are similar enough and keep you from being ‘matchy-matchy’.
This was probably one of the prettiest things on the site – I love painted furniture and this is an especially well done piece. The colors and detail are lovely.
Most of their furniture didn’t do it for me. They had a few ‘antique’ pieces but they just looked like old and thrashed imported pieces from India. I would prefer this piece painted white, sky blue or sage green, but that’s just me.
While the furniture at most Indian importers isn’t so exciting (and generally are all the same) – the colorful accessories are divine. Hotam doesn’t disappoint here.
This was my personal favorite of their mosaic tables – but they have these tables in several colors and 2 sizes (80cm and 60cm).
Hotam looks like it’s worth the schlepp.
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