Nathem Al Ghazali

Nazem Al Ghazali is a quintessential musical figure in Iraq, as he put a unique spin on the songs he sung. He was the first to use western musical instruments in Iraqi songs, which is illustrated through the colorful, modern flourishes in the room design. These elements act, as a frame to the room, in order to emphasize how innovative and enriching it was to employ these western instruments in Arabic songs. Moreover, Nazem Al Ghazali’s early life was plagued by poverty, as he worked as a foreman in a flour factory. This is highlighted by the splashes of paint on the main wall of the room, which mimic flour stains. Additionally, the bedside table was designed to simulate a flour strainer.

Umm Kulthum

Um Kulthum was the first singer to have a musical style composed specifically for her. The style consisted of a band dominated by string instruments, specifically the Qanun. The headboard in the room mimic the ends of the Qanun, emphasizing the importance of this new music style. Moreover, an old radio is used as a side table with a microphone resting a top, as Um Kulthum used to broadcast her songs every Thursday on the radio. The listeners used to wait patiently by the radio weekly, excited to hear what this great singer had in store.


Asmahan lived an unpredictable life, devoid of any stability or routine. Her status was difficult to follow, as she wavered between being a singer or being retired, being married or being separated, and being an advocate of the French or one of the English. Consequently, the use of black and white, as well as the right, round angles in the room are an appropriate way to express the fluctuations in her life. Furthermore, the Royal feel to the design reflects her background as a Druze princess. One of the most differentiating elements of Asmahan’s voice is her ability to sing across several octaves, reaching the highest pitches of her voice with no trouble. The strings on the walls were incorporated into the design to exemplify the vastness of her voice, and they go all the way to the ceiling to highlight how high notes she reached.