a luxury they love to look up to
Not to mention sitting in a shop full of it. -
Once a death wish in a bombBaghdad is everywhere.
Just ask Muthanna Jabouri that he had to change the windows of his chandelier store five times after the street outside exploded.
\"The strange thing is that no chandelier has been damaged,\" Jabouri said . \" He sounds awesome --
Moved by his good fortune.
Although bombs have been reduced, Baghdad is still a city with a shortage of electricity, and luxurious lighting has become a luxury, especially the lighting favored by Jabouri\'s chandelier --
Crazy consumer: gorgeous, AMP-
Eat in goldplated, bulb-laden arms --
The more bulbs, the better it will be to display crystal drops and pendants.
But Jabri says everyone needs some brilliance in their lives, and he explains his country\'s fascination with chandeliers, even though it\'s hard to keep them from being everywhere in Iraq when electricity suddenly runs out
The owner spent some time in the UK and noticed that the people there preferred the desk lamp and grill.
In Iraq, it\'s hard to get through a day without facing at least one glittering chandelier.
They are in mosques, churches, ancient palaces of Saddam Hussein, government buildings and private houses.
As customers demand more ideas, they become bigger and bigger-
If you want.
\"It\'s their nature.
\"Iraqis like big things,\" said Jabri.
\"They like to show off what they have.
There may be no electricity, but they just like to hang it up and look at it.
\"With the increase in middle-class income and the U. S. violence reaching its lowest level since the U. S. -
Jabouri says business was the best since the war in March 2003.
\"Selling chandeliers is very dependent on the overall situation,\" Jabouri said . \" He opened a small shop near the tigriss river for 20 years, Al Harith.
\"They are accessories and they won\'t buy them unless people feel comfortable and happy.
\"The atmosphere of Al Harith and the other chandelier shops on both sides of the road is very different from the outside scene: on the street, police and soldiers were on duty at a checkpoint marked by a severe explosion wall.
A pile of multi-storey buildings in the corner of the neighborhood, destroyed in the war, never repaired.
The Razor wire coil signals that there is an entrance in the green area a mile away.
Passers-by could not help but take a look at the interior of Al Harith, which seemed to be a crystal rainstorm.
Jabouri brings tourists into a rich red-and-gray velvet-and-
As they gaze at the sparkling ceiling, satin love seats and provide them with some drinks.
The light bulb gives a soft white or mellow amber.
Pendant like ice Post.
Despite the exception, most of his chandeliers cost $250 to $300.
The front window extending from the ceiling to the floor has a huge spark for $3,500.
A larger 6,556 block in the middle of the room takes three days to connect, which is $2,500. (
Cheaper because lead crystals drop off gold
The plating chassis is simpler. )
Jabouri, a salesman, makes every customer feel special.
\"We usually sell for 250,000 dinars. about $215]
But for you, 200,000, \"he told a person who came in and looked at one of the smaller models.
After the sale he pressed the turquoise gift
Colorful glass beads in the hands of customers.
Jabouri has no chandelier himself.
He said they do too much work, especially the giants who lose their luster unless they spray and Polish regularly.
Where is Iraq\'s biggest oil?
This is controversial.
September, when the outgoing commander of the United StatesS.
Army general in IraqDavid H.
Petraeus handed over power to Army General
Ray Odierno in the circle hall of Hussein\'s former Faw Palace, soldiers and reporters gathered along the marble railings surrounding the huge chandelier, making a little guess.
Some soldiers insist that the fixture is the largest and second largest in the country.
The biggest in the world
According to the history of the palaces provided by the United StatesS.
Military, Faw fixture has 256 lights.
The document said: \"People who watch the chandelier hang decided not to walk under the chandelier anymore . \" The document is only attributed to \"military historians \".
It may be wise.
A much smaller chandelier has been hung for 48 years, hanging at the altar of the eusyf Caldean church in eastern Baghdad on March, and crashed on the ground one night in September.
No one heard it falling, but the next morning, 6: 30 The Parish residents who arrived found it to be debris, said Sister Warda, the mother\'s superior.
\"From 1960 to now, too much,\" she said . \".
A replacement is now hanging under the sky.
Cool Blue Dome inside the church.
On the most recent afternoon, church staff started the generator to show the full effect of the chandelier, which was rarely lit due to a shortage of electricity.
In a few seconds, pear
The shape of the fixture from a beautifulbut-
A glowing constellation attracts all eyes to the altar.
Every day, hundreds of drops of crystal are cleared by church staff.
One of Jabouri\'s competitors, Haider Majid Hussain, will have the chandelier and 24,000-
It is located in the shrine of Imam Kadhim in the cadimia district of Baghdad.
It took 12 people 10 days to build the chandelier, 26 feet high and 8 feet wide. -
Slightly larger than the container.
Throughout the Middle East, mosques and churches are decorated with luxurious lamps and lanterns donated by the government or wealthy admirers.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE boasts the world\'s largest chandelier, 49 feet high and 32 feet wide.
Hussain said he knows the location of the largest store in Iraq because it comes from his store.
Hussein is proud to say that it hangs in the Palace of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, nearly 28 feet high and 13 feet wide, with about 100,000 crystals.
Business fell sharply after the U. S. recession. S. -
Hussein said many wealthy Iraqis had shut down their homes and fled the country.
\"Our business depends on the rich, not the poor,\" he said . \"
For a while, the Americans were one of his customers who came from the green space across the street.
But they stopped after a surge in violence.
Like Jabri, Hussain has never been injured in an explosion and has never lost a chandelier.
However, in an explosion, a large blue glass vase was broken and he placed it at the entrance to the store to remind people how things happened in the past.
Most of the chandeliers he and Jabouri sell today are made in China.
Ordinary customers can\'t afford Murano glass or Bohemian crystal made in Europe and are not worth the purchase.
Jabouri says customers have also changed since the war.
Many of Iraq\'s new rich classes have no taste and will not appreciate a good European --
He suspects where their money comes from, suggesting that crime and corruption may be involved.
\"It\'s hard to explain,\" he said . \"
\"It\'s about the way they dress and the language.
They are always looking for the biggest ones and they like colored ones.
I have to make money but I don\'t like to sell to these people.
\"He had better memories of customers who came to his store years ago, years before the war, with his family.
The man was too poor to buy anything, and he asked them if they could simply stare at the chandeliers and enjoy their sparkling magic. --tina. susman@latimes.