experience - Riad Kneife, Paris
Written by Karen Martin
The celebrated markets of Paris draw shoppers from around the globe looking for antique, vintage, and design furniture, and authentic objets d’art
As a local who was once an art dealer himself, Riad Kneife offers a personal shopping experience to help buyers navigate the unique, sometimes intimidating, world of Parisian markets, including Saint-Ouen, Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and Carré Rive Gauche.
After meeting you to get a feel for your tastes and requirements, Riad will guide you from your hotel to the market areas in which you are most likely to find what you are looking for.
His longstanding relationships with the most knowledgeable and reputable of the public and private dealers in Paris mean he is also able to take you to exclusive sections of the market that are not open to the public.
Examining pieces with a discerning eye, Riad can provide advice and information about styles and periods, and help you understand the historical context of the furniture or objets d'art you are buying.
He takes care of the whole shopping experience, from authenticating pieces and negotiating prospective purchases, to organising shipping. If you are still undecided, you can access your private web page, showing photos, information, prices, and dimensions of pieces seen during the day.
Under Riad’s expert guidance, a trip to the vintage and design markets of Paris becomes what it ought to be – a memorable cultural experience.
Marché aux Puces of Paris Saint-Ouen
The largest market of its kind in the world, the vintage and design market at Saint-Ouen dates back to 1885, spans six hectares and encompasses 2,000 shops, stands, and art galleries. Marché aux Puces is often translated to mean ‘flea market’. This is a miscommunication, as for English-speaking people flea markets are understood to be fairs selling inexpensive goods – not a celebrated, culturally rich antiques market such as the Saint-Ouen.