French-influenced products for Iran
BIG 5: Strong interest from Iran has been a noticeable trend at this year's Big 5, according to Tony Healey, owner of the Versailles Door Company.
Strong interest from Iran has been a noticeable trend at this year's Big 5, according to Tony Healey, owner of the Versailles Door Company.
Encouraged to return to the Big 5 after securing a lot of contacts from the previous year's event, Healey said that visitors from Iran have shown the strongest interest in the French-influenced pieces, followed by Saudi Arabia.
Offering a range of palatial-style doors, Healey believes the attraction lies in the bespoke nature of the product, and that it represents traditional workmanship and skills that are not so prevalent nowadays, while also representing environmental awareness.
"I think people like the idea of genuine, hand-carved products, rather than machine made through an automated process. Whether it is a green thing or not, at the end of the day, it is a natural product."
As opposed to last year, where the company attended both the Big 5 and Index, Healey said the company attended just the Big 5 this year.
Taking inspiration from classic French and Italian designs, in particular the Palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleu, virtually any size of product can be carved and delivered.