Iwan Maktabi’s UnMasked 2.0


9 Creatives Come Together To Feature Works Ranging From Limited Edition Carpets To Crafted Collectible Objects.


Following the unprecedented 2020 lockdown and the tragic Beirut blast of August 4th, Iwan Maktabi, third generation Lebanese carpet gallery, brought the worlds of art, design and architecture together to host the first UnMasked event in Dubai in March 2021. After its ground-breaking success, Iwan Maktabi has chosen to stage a second edition of UnMasked on view at the Iwan Maktabi Lab in warehouse 32 at Alserkal Avenue to showcase the works of seven prominent Lebanese creatives.


The exhibition, which opens on the first week of March, will highlight the latest from IWAN MAKTABI LAB, an ongoing project involving a range of architects, designers and artists including Rumi Dalle, David/Nicolas, Orient 499, Georges Mohasseb, Roula Salamoun, Nadine Kanso, BOKJA, Tamara Barrage, Thomas Trad and Carlo Massoud, who have collaborated with Iwan Maktabi on limited edition carpets and collectible designs.

Iwan Maktabi has a long-standing history working with influential designers, thus, it is only natural that this collaboration has evolved to exhibit outside of Beirut 

“For our second edition of UnMasked which is being hosted again in Dubai, and with it coinciding with the closing of Expo2020 Dubai, we made sure that each creative mind presented a design which communicates the values of our lab through their own language.” Says Mohamed Maktabi

As the go-to address for rare carpets and textiles, contemporary designs and innovation in craft, Iwan Maktabi has added to the depths of people’s appreciation for carpets in Lebanon and the region. This exhibition allows enthusiasts to physically enjoy beautiful works entirely made by artists based in Lebanon, shining a light on Lebanon and the region’s creative talents.


“The exhibitions we stage are a form of hope, like springtime after a cold winter. We at Iwan Maktabi will continue to do what we know best and that means bringing beautiful objects to the people around us.”

The exhibition runs from March 1st until 4 April, Monday to Sunday from 10am – 7pm at Warehouse 32 in Alserkal Avenue.
Closed on Saturdays.
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