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From abstract paintings and velvet sofas to Orthodox icons and Persian carpets, the 11th annual Art of Living exhibition strikes visitors with a staggering array of colorful items, even at a time when many Lebanese think twice before spending money on interior design.At Forum de Beyrouth, where the Art of Living exhibition is being held, local merchants mix with artists, but their concerns differ.According to Michele Katchouny of SPM Fair, which organized the exhibition, many artists who came to present at the exhibition don't risk much. Oriental carpets are an inevitable feature of any Middle Eastern fair dedicated to home design, and almost "every [Lebanese] home has a Persian carpet," Halabi says. He estimates that about 80 percent of visitors at the exhibition showed interest in acquiring a tapestry.
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