Hicham and Ali Aboutaam: Custodians of the Past, Guides for the Future

Collectors acquire art for several different reasons. Some buy to beautify their surroundings, to decorate their homes with things that enhance the world their daily lives. Some collect for status and others to show off their knowledge and taste. But appreciating and collecting ancient art has an added, deeper dimension, one which Ali and Hicham Aboutaam never tire of explaining. Of course, collecting is about beauty and appreciation of design and style, but it is also about heritage, history, posterity, legacies and more. The owner is really but a trusted guardian of an object, preserving it for generations to come. No one really “owns” an antiquity; one is merely a caretaker.

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