Abdulla Ahmed took his love for art and interior design one step further by going into an art design business which he calls Posters Bahrain.
What inspired you to go into the art business?
I’ve always been interested in interior design. I am inspired to design homes that are more than just walls and a roof over your head. I believe that the way a place is decorated leads people to get to know the personality of the owner or designer.
The idea for Posters Bahrain came to me when I noticed an empty wall in my home office (which at that time I was renovating) and decided to fill the gap with a painting. I was searching and searching for just the right image and design but I couldn’t find the perfect fit. So I thought, “If you can’t find it, make it yourself”.
The process wasn’t as easy as I thought: I had to look for a high-resolution image (of The Godfather–which I loved), print it on canvas, then customize the frame myself. When the print image of The Godfather was on my wall, I could not have been more satisfied.
I like business and I also like art, the idea of helping people express themselves by creating their own personal space appealed to me. It was also a great way for me to get my foot into business. The rest as they say, is history. I have been in the business for 5 months designing, selling, and shipping my designs in Bahrain and across the GCC.
How is Posters Bahrain making art accessible for everyone?
First of all, the price for some artworks range from BD50 to BD3,000 or more. In Posters Bahrain our prices start from BD16. I don’t believe that art should be so expensive as to put it out of reach of the ordinary consumer.
In addition, we can customize the posters to reflect our customer’s taste, interior, and lifestyle. We also work with people’s budget and can tailor our products so that it meets their needs. In addition, Posters Bahrain shop will open soon so fans or our work can have a place to shop for their favorite posters.
What’s your favorite part of the design process?
I really love designing quote posters wherein I take a great quote—for example, Harvey Specter’s “Let them hate and just make sure they spell your name right” and design a poster around it. I believe people select quotes that resonate with their personality, so it is interesting to make designs that will appeal to many people.
I don’t believe that art should be so expensive as to put it out of reach of the ordinary consumer.
What do you like best about what you do?
I really love receiving pictures of our posters displayed on customers’ walls—they always brighten my day. Getting feedback from customers and knowing how satisfied they are with our work is the best reward is very satisfying for me and keep me going forward toward expanding the business in the short term.
Any advice to budding art entrepreneurs like yourself?
Authenticity! If you can’t find it, make it yourself. Find something you’re passionate about. People want to see something unique. It does not necessarily have to be a new idea, but find a way to make it your own.