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Sage Community Tea Cups, Set of 6
Sage Community Tea Cups, Set of 6
This exquisite set from Özlem Tuna will bring subtle refinement to the coffee table. Handcrafted tea glasses are accompanied by porcelain saucers, both decorated with gold-tone drip detailing creating a unique look. Match with other serveware pieces from the collection to elevate the experience.
AED850.-
Ounass
Maghrebi Mug
Maghrebi Mug
A classic white porcelain mug is reinvented with distinctive Maghrebi calligraphy, which reads "Al-Joud, Al-Siha, Al-Karam", meaning "Generosity, Health and Kindness". The contemporary design is finished with a rainbow of accents and glyphs.
AED50.-
Ounass
Pomegranate 2-Tier Etagere
Pomegranate 2-Tier Etagere
The fruit, pomegranate, has been prized across the world, across cultures and across time as a representation of rebirth, life, renewal and unity and through the Pomegranate 2-Tier Etagere, Michael Aram takes inspiration from the most ancient and universal symbols in the world to bring forth, what most will consider, fine piece of art for any living room.
AED1,490.-
Ounass
Cordoba Moroccan Tea Cup & Saucer, Set of 6
Cordoba Moroccan Tea Cup & Saucer, Set of 6
Get ready to leave guests spellbound with this Cordoba Moroccan Tea Cup and Saucer Set. Peppered with a Moroccan print motif, the cups and saucers are crafted from glass and adorned with a golden crown of intricate Andalusian designs and floral weaves.
AED350.-
Ounass
Cacti Mug
Cacti Mug
This porcelain mug by Silsal is sure to bring a pop of colour to your coffee ritual. Decorated with cacti motifs and gold-tone accents, it has a luxe yet fun aesthetic that's sure to be a conversation starter. It comes beautifully packaged in a branded box with a satin ribbon, making it perfect for gifting on special occasions.
AED75.-
Ounass
Kunooz Tea Cups, Set of 6
Kunooz Tea Cups, Set of 6
Elevate your teatime ritual with these exquisite Kunooz tea cups by Silsal. The fluted istikanah glasses are accompanied by exquisitely crafted porcelain saucers decorated with Mesopotamian botanical motifs, East African geometry and Ottoman calligraphy. Presented in an elegant gift box, these would make a wonderful housewarming present for friends and family.
AED423.-
Ounass
Bambou Round Platter
Bambou Round Platter
This L'Objet Bambou Round Platter showcases nibbles with luxury style. It features a round silver-tone plate set on a gold bamboo holder.
AED2,100.-
Bloomingdales
Opera Coasters, Set of 6
Opera Coasters, Set of 6
This Images D'Orient Opera Coasters Set of Six are a colorful way to protect tables and countertops from drips or condensation.Composition:PVCHow to use:Wash with soap and water
AED200.-
Bloomingdales
Parma Silver Placemats, Pack of 4
Parma Silver Placemats, Pack of 4
Telkì’s Parma Silver placemats draw inspiration from architectural themes during the Gothic Revival of the 20th century. The unique motifs and colours are designer Patrizia Trupiano’s creative depiction of the bygone era – an interesting theme that is sure to stir up conversations over dinner.
AED210.-
Ounass
Butterfly Ginkgo Small Cheese Board and Knife
Butterfly Ginkgo Small Cheese Board and Knife
This Michael Aram Butterfly Ginkgo Small Cheese Board and Knife has been handcrafted from marble. It features a marble board with gold-tone butterfly ginkgo handles and a knife with a tree branch handle.
AED680.-
Bloomingdales
Bilia Tumblers, Set of 6
Bilia Tumblers, Set of 6
Add a hint of modern minimalism to the serveware collection with this unique set of tumblers by Zafferano. Their glass design is accentuated with a spherical marble at the centre, lending a contemporary flair to the understated silhouette. Use with other bespoke pieces from the collection to bring subtle sophistication to celebratory get-togethers.
AED75.-
Ounass
Bilia Glass Tray
Bilia Glass Tray
The characteristic marble detail of Zafferano’s Bilia collection is reiterated in this contemporary tray design. Made from clear glass, the minimalistic circular shape is accentuated by the signature sphere at the top for a contemporary twist. Use it to serve delectable appetizers at the next soirée to leave a lasting impression.
AED171.-
Ounass
Pompei Placemat
Pompei Placemat
Telki’s signature designs draw inspiration from distinct architectural elements from quaint Italian cities. In line with this, the label’s Pompeii placemat is characterised by a unique 3D-effect print in vintage colours. Accentuate the dinner table with its vibrant aesthetic to instantly add a refined edge to the setting.
AED75.-
Ounass
Pomegranate Glass Serving Bowl
Pomegranate Glass Serving Bowl
Nature-inspired designs and opulent details perfectly describe Michael Aram’s unique creations. This Pomegranate Glass Bowl, for instance, will be a distinct addition to the special-occasion serveware collection. The clear bowl is set atop a metallic branch-style base that has been oxidised for a vintage effect. Display it as a chic centrepiece for upcoming get-togethers.
AED2,135.-
Ounass
Majestic Large Tray
Majestic Large Tray
The Silsal Majestic Large Tray have been crafted from acrylic and features an elaborate pattern of flowers, buds, and vines, outlined in 22kt gold, atop a black background.Composition:AcrylicHow to use:Not dishwasher or microwave safe. Hand wash with a soft damp cloth and dry immediately.
AED415.-
Bloomingdales
Drip Crystal Platter
Drip Crystal Platter
This elegant Drip Platter from ANNA New York will bring effortless opulence to any tablescape. Crafted from a smoothened crystal, the unique design retains its natural edges and elevates them with a gleaming coat of 24kt gold. Use it to display a variety of appetizers or desserts in style.
AED2,900.-
Ounass
Vera Castillon Plate
Vera Castillon Plate
This Vera Castillon Plate by Wedgwood is crafted from Fine Bone China. It features a distinctive, understated design using simple bands of gold and grey color in an asymmetrical offset.MaterialsOuter Composition:100% Fine Bone ChineWashing Instructions:Dishwasher safe
AED115.-
Bloomingdales
Majestic Arabic Coffee Pot
Majestic Arabic Coffee Pot
This floral Majestic Arabic Coffee Pot by Silsal elevates daily caffeine rituals. Crafted from porcelain, this porcelain beauty features opulent gold accents and florals patterns inspired by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.Composition:PorcelainHow to use:Dishwasher safe. Do not microwave.
AED473.-
Bloomingdales
Mirrors Rectangular Tray
Mirrors Rectangular Tray
The Silsal Mirrors Rectangular Tray is perfect both as a decorative display for small accessories or a serving tray. Crafted from clear acrylic, it features a contemporary design with modern functionality.
AED261.-
Bloomingdales
Large Sahtein Bowl
Large Sahtein Bowl
The distinctive design of Kashida's Sahtein Bowl makes it as much a conversation starter as a decorative piece or serving tray. The polished bowl is made from stainless steel and reads 'Sahtein', Arabic for 'bon appetit'. Enjoy the versatile piece, whether using it as decor or for dining.
AED425.-
Ounass
Tawfiq & Najah Coasters, Set of Six
Tawfiq & Najah Coasters, Set of Six
The Tawfiq & Najah Coaster Set showcases various Middle Eastern typeforms that have been a key inspiration to Kashida's designers. Beautifully crafted in gold-tone metal, the calligraphy renditions of Arabic words for success bring a stylish touch to the coffee table. The refined design makes these a wonderful gift for a loved one or business associate.
AED180.-
Ounass
Regular Sahtein Bowl
Regular Sahtein Bowl
The distinctive design of Kashida's Sahtein Bowl makes it as much a conversation starter as a decorative piece or serving tray. The polished bowl is made from stainless steel and reads 'Sahtein', Arabic for 'bon appetit'. Enjoy the versatile piece, whether using it as decor or for dining.
AED390.-
Ounass
Sahtein Bowl
Sahtein Bowl
The distinctive design of Kashida's Sahtein Bowl makes it as much a cconversation starter as a decorative piece or serving tray. The polished bowl reads 'Sahtein', Arabic for 'Bon Appetit'. Enjoy the versatile piece, whether using it as decor or for dining.
AED395.-
Ounass
Gessato Tumbler
Gessato Tumbler
Enliven any gathering with Zafferano’s exquisite tumbler. The Gessato tumbler by the label is made from hand-blown glass with distinct white stripes for a subtle yet contemporary touch. Mix and match with other bespoke pieces from the collection to leave a lasting impression during festive get-togethers.
AED81.-
Ounass
Pomegranate Footed Centrepiece Tray
Pomegranate Footed Centrepiece Tray
This Michael Aram tray is characterised by a beautiful nature-inspired design that instantly catches the eye. Exquisitely made from oxidised metal, it’s embellished with gold-plated pomegranate accents and set atop a vintage-effect, branch-like base. Place it at the centre of any table setting to instantly uplift the ambience.
AED2,885.-
Ounass
Aegean Espresso Cup And Saucer Set Of Six
Aegean Espresso Cup And Saucer Set Of Six
These L'Objet Aegean Espresso Cup And Saucer Set Of Six come in a designer box. They feature 24kt gold handles and a waved design on the saucers.
AED4,100.-
Bloomingdales
Binario Serving Dish
Binario Serving Dish
Zanetto's Binario Serving Dish features porcelain plate in a polished metal frame.
AED1,000.-
Bloomingdales
Anemone Centerpiece Bowl
Anemone Centerpiece Bowl
This Michael Aram Anemone Centerpiece Bowl has been handcrafted with brass. It features woven brass decorated with floral enamel designs.
AED2,345.-
Bloomingdales
Anemone Nut Dish
Anemone Nut Dish
The Michael Aram Anemone Nut Dish is part of a collection is inspired by anemone flowers, which in some cultures are said to bring good luck and offer protection. The flowers are associated with purity and peace. The nut dish features hand textured stainless steel, black nickelplate, natural oxidized brass and white enamel.
AED710.-
Bloomingdales
Anemone Small Footed Platter
Anemone Small Footed Platter
This Michael Aram Platter is crafted from hand-textured stainless steel with natural and oxidized brass details. Featuring anemone flower accents, which in some cultures are said to bring good luck and offer protection.
AED1,255.-
Bloomingdales

About Tableware

Because a tableware is something that you will be using on a daily basis, and even for special occasions, choosing a set is a huge thing. You have to select a set that you can use to serve the morning cereal to a full-fledged ceremonial dinner.  

A dinnerware should meet half a dozen different criteria. Not only should they be pleasing to look at, but also convenient to handle and most of all serve food. There are also so many varieties of materials, shapes, and designs to choose from. You should also know how they feel on the hands, how heavy they are, and how long they will stay brand new for you to choose one over the other. This guide will tell you everything you need to know before you shop for them. As having a better understanding of the product will help you make better purchase decisions, there is no doubt that this is going to be helpful for you. 

beginner’s guide to tableware 

There is no getting around the fact that tableware is a must have in any home. You can make your tableware collection big or small, you must have it. Similarly, there are a variety of different types of tableware out there. So, before shopping for tableware, you should be familiar with the different types of materials and finishes that are used in their making. If you know what the pros and cons of each of them are, you can easily decide on which one to buy.  

Ceramics dinnerware sets  

Many people think of ceramics as a one particular type of material. But that is not true. Instead, manufacturers use many different types of materials to make ceramic tableware. The most common type of ceramics includes Bone China, Porcelain and stoneware. Although Chinas and Porcelain are used interchangeably by the common people, there are some significant differences between the two. The major difference is in the composition. As the name implies, Bone China material uses bone ash in its composition. This adds to the strength of the tableware. Bone China sets are also more expensive than regular porcelain dishes. 

Different types of glazes 

Glazing is the protective coating on the ceramic crockery sets. It is this coating that protects the inner side of the ceramics from water and other liquids. This ensures that the tableware retains its strength even after numerous rounds of use. Glazes on these vessels are always thick and hard. The thickness of the glaze is responsible for a quarter of the thickness of the finished ceramics. There are two types of glazes: matte and glossy. Because of the porous nature of matte glaze, it tends to trap liquids and small food particles. This results in the slow deterioration of the surface in the long run. Matte glazes are also harder to clean.  

Milk glass crockery set 

This is a type of glass that is opaque and white in its texture. Apart from the usual method of blowing to shape this glass, pressing also works on this as they are thicker. When you compare milk glass to regular silica glass, the former has more strength. The benefit of this type of material is that they can produce some really good-looking tableware. But they do not stand the test of durability. For that reason, vitrelle glass has taken the place of milk glass. Both of them a similar texture and workability. Vitrelle glass is more durable and also lightweight. 

Mugs, cups and saucers 

In order to complete a set of tableware, you also need mugs and teacups. The difference between mugs and teacups is that mugs are more formal. Also, teacups always come with a matching set of saucers as well. But that doesn't mean you always have to stick to one particular style. These days people allow a great deal of flexibility while choosing between mugs and teacups and saucers. It is also wise to keep a full set of both of these to be on the safer side. Regardless of whether it is a mug or a teacup, it should have a comfortable handle and a wide enough diameter so that a person can comfortably drink out of it.

Tips on buying the right type of tableware

Before you commit to a set of tableware, you have to make sure that you are getting the best possible ones. Once you have a set, it will be hard for you to part from them. And because tableware is generally expensive, you don't want to end up with something that you only like halfheartedly. But choosing the right one is not difficult if you know what to look for in them. Here are a few tips that you can follow when you are shopping for tableware. 
  • Balancing the weight- Depending on the material and thickness of the tableware, the weight of the tableware varies significantly. A tableware should not be too lightweight, nor should it be too heavy. If it is too light, it will be difficult to eat from while keeping it from moving around on the table. On the other hand, if it is too heavy, it will be difficult for you to handle. 
  • Consider the size and shape- You have to think about your eating habits while choosing the shape of your tableware. For reference, compare it to the ones that you are already using. That way, if you think that the one you have at home is too small, you can go for a larger set, or vice versa. Also consider the sizes of your spoons and knives.  
  • Choosing a plate- The main determining factor when it comes to buying a set of plates is its capacity. Even if two different types of plates have the same overall diameter, their capacities can differ depending on the width of the rim. As the rim gets wider, the capacity reduces. If you want more space on your plate for large servings, it is better to go for those with narrow trims.  
  • Getting the bowls right- Bowls come in many different styles and sizes. There are shallow pasta bowls, deep rice bowls, etc. You should choose a type of bowl that you would be using more commonly for. Cereal bowls are more versatile than soup bowls. They are also more ideal for casual settings. But if you want to eat a bowl of cheerios, deeper ones are more convenient. 
Design also plays a huge role in the usability of tableware. Some of them have extensive and intricate trim designs that are suitable for entertaining guests for special occasions but are impractical for everyday use. If you are buying a set for day to day use, it is better to stick with minimalistic or outright plane designs. Apart from these, don't forget to check out other great products from Home & Living.

Question & Answer

What are the 4 classifications of tableware? 

Traditionally tableware is classified into four different categories. They are serving ware, dinnerware, silverware, and glassware. Each of them represents the different areas of use of these items. The category of serve ware comprises all the bowls, casseroles, pots, spoons, and ladles that have the primary purpose of serving the food. Dinnerware mainly represents plates that people directly eat from. The next up in the line is silverware, which is basically the cutlery. They are also called flatware. And as you can guess, drinkware represents the remaining portion of items that are common to a dinner table.  

What is stoneware? 

Stoneware is a certain type of ceramic. But unlike earthenware, stoneware undergoes high levels of heating in order to make them stronger and durable. Manufacturers sometimes add a mixture of glasses to its composition to improve the strength. They are usually heavier than other types of ceramics such as porcelain or Bone China and are available with fine detailing and a wide variety of textures and finishes. The most common use for stoneware is for casual day to day settings. 

What is tableware made from? 

Tableware is available in a wide range of materials. The most common type of tableware are ceramic ones. The term ceramics is a broad category and there are further divisions within it. Ceramics are also the most popular choice for them because they are basically a different form of pottery. Ceramic vessels tend to be safe with all kinds of food and drinks. Then there is glassware. Different types of glassware include those made of milk glass, silica glass, and vitrelle glass. Out of these vitrelle glass is the best material for table ware as they are durable and good looking at the same time. At the lower end there are melaware, which is hard plastic, and enamelware.  

Where to buy tableware online? 

If you are looking to buy ceramics tableware online in the UAE, look no further as you are in the right place. You will find anything from cheap tableware for weddings to the best tableware and cutlery on Shops.ae. Look for the types of set you want using our shopping search engine. This will also help you compare the prices and features of different sets against each other and select the best one among them.   There are more than 500 shops and brands offering tableware here on Shops.ae. These include popular brands like OneidaRoyalAmscanArgon TablewareAardvark Straws, and International Silver. Explore collections from shops like NewchicLifestyleMenakartMamas & PapasTryano and more.