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French Fabrics House Casamance Unveils Nile-Inspired Collection

The renowned design house dreams of journeys down banks in muted tones and refined radiance.

Karim Abdullatif

French Fabrics House Casamance Unveils Nile-Inspired Collection

Inspired by trips down the Nile, world-renowned French fabrics and wallpapers design house Casamance presents an alluring interpretation of ancient and modern Egypt in ‘Bord du Nil’.

The Nile’s garden banks are depicted in the wallpaper collection with a reimagined contemporary language, featuring intricate designs capturing the beauty of flora and timeless geometry. From oasis and palm groves to temples and ancient cities, elements from the past come to life in muted tones and refined radiance.

We got a sneak peak at Zamalek’s Design Emporium, the designer wallpaper and fabrics haven situated on an island in the Nile. There, Clément Rivera, Export Manager at Casamance Group, showcased Texdecor’s latest creations, with Bord du Nil, inviting an audience of Egyptian designers to explore its colourful reinterpretations.


Inspired by the striking colours and floral compositions found inside the recently restored Dendera Temple, the ‘Denderah’ wallpaper was created using eight inks aiming to recreate the splendour of an Egyptian interior. Available in six colours, with some versions having designs outlined in metallic inks to echo the majesty of ancient Egypt, the print acts as Casamance’s ode to the ancient goddess of beauty.


The delicate botanical design was inspired by the Baharia oasis, the gateway to the white desert and many adventures. Both in matte and metallic finishes, Baharia features four superimposing films as a sandy ink highlights certain details by adding more volume and dimension to the design.


Named after the Doum palm, a native tree in North Africa, Doum’s design explores different aspects of the species. The entire surface of the paper was printed and designed to catch light, with fine metallic ink lines injecting a subtle shine in the foliage, highlighting their delicate veins.


The Castalia, a sacred aquatic flower also referred to as the Blue Lotus of Egypt, used to play a prominent role in sacred rituals, carrying the same significance as jewellery. Its beauty was expressed on this paper through a variety of techniques. Chalk, metallic ink and varnish were used to display stunning visual effects and beautiful volume.


Depicting the seemingly endless pyramids that once covered the ancient city in Nubia, Meroe carries its inspiration in a small and endless geometric print. Lacquer gives the exquisite pattern volume and some of its finer details are accentuated by metallic ink to highlight their delicacy.


Any architecture fan, and specifically those of Hassan Fathy’s, have dreamt of visiting New Gourna in Luxor. Its houses were built using sun-dried bricks made by local artisans. Casamance’s ‘Gourna’ follows the curves of the existing architecture through a modern geometric composition. 


Tucked in the heart of a lush palm grove, the Elephantine Island was reimagined by Casamance in ‘Elephantine’ as the meeting point of ancient Egyptian imagery and Art Deco composition, presenting a panorama of herons with a reflective effect. Hand-engraved stamps were dipped in ink then applied to provide an aged look and display different material effects.