Statement lighting doesn’t get much bigger than this…
One of the reasons Karl and Caroline Tahir (Optime’s husband and wife team of Project Director and Technical Design Director) chose Oman as their recent holiday destination is because it is home to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which houses one of the largest chandeliers in the world. With over 1000 lights and at 14 metres in height, calling this spectacular sight a holiday ‘highlight’ would be something of an understatement.
Many of our clients want one-off statement pieces for hotels, bars, restaurants and even private residences, so we thought we would share Karl and Carolines’ sight-seeing experience to provide some inspiration for (very) big lighting ideas…
The chandelier, trimmed with Swarovski crystals and fine gold plated metalwork, is 5.5 metres in diameter and weighs a staggering eight tonnes. To give you a better idea of the sheer scale of the chandelier, staircases and platforms are built inside the actual heart of the light itself to allow the access required for maintenance of its complex electrical circuitry.
The main chandelier has been designed with a large, central minaret and 24 smaller minarets circled around it, to give it its distinctive shape. Throughout the mosque – which has capacity for over 6500 worshippers and has a central dome rising to a height of 50 metres – there are 34 chandeliers of the same design but smaller proportions. As you can see from Karl and Carolines’ pictures, the overall affect is simply amazing.
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