McLean Furniture Gallery’s infinite design possibilities and fine furniture options are best described as truly the “stuff that dreams are made of” to quote now- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As Senator, Mrs. Clinton then wrote this line to Mrs. Tehmina Khan, the President of McLean Furniture Gallery (“the Gallery”) in a July, 2000 letter. Today, the ultimate attestation to the Gallery’s presence in the Washington, DC area is simply the fact that it has beat out its competition by continuing to thrive during difficult economic times. Founded in 1984, the Gallery is celebrating its 26th year by garnering exclusive licenses to sell several upscale furniture lines to its customers. The Exclusive, sole distributorship this side of New York is a proud position for manufacturers with a global reputation. Housed in their own shopping center the new Fairfax location encompassing nearly 44,000 square feet, is a state of the art building designed by Leo Daly. Customers are able to view approximately 100 different furniture brands in the largest resource room in the Metropolitan Area.
“Catering to different tastes” has been the mantra of the founder and President, Tehmina’s perception was to be a “unique” resource. Never wanting to be categorized as a simply traditional furniture store, Tehmina and her design team have expanded the breadth of home furnishings by including eclectic, contemporary, neo-classic and Franco-Italian, traditional and classic styles to the discerning elite. Not to be outdone by any other showroom, the Gallery has consistently kept its prices down by scaling down on overhead and offering customers a variety of price-points. Also, delivery and installation costs are amazingly low compared to the competition. In house designing includes field visits, auto-cad presentation, 3D sketch and their fabric resource from UK, Italy and the Best of American Fabric makers is outstanding.
Globalization has also benefitted the home furnishings business; along with traditional classic American brands such as Henkel-Harris, Century, EJ Victor, Hickory White, Maitland Smith, Christopher Guy, Francesco Molon, Bernhardt, and others, customers can also peruse classic and famous Italian lines such as Francesco Molon and Rho Mobili. Francesco Molon, the creators of exquisite empire and contemporary Italian furniture made in Venice, Italy. Makers of the finest walnut heritage collection. Francesco Molon supplier of fine furniture to a long list of Heads of State, 150 five and six star Hotels around the world, has selected the Gallery as their exclusive distributor in the Metropolitan area. This is really a “one stop shop” — our home furnishings, is a turnkey operation, says Tehmina.
Corporate or Residential projects include custom draperies, area rugs, lighting, artwork, fine china and accessories. And, like every successful Washington DC business, the Gallery counts the diplomatic community amongst its favorite clients, innumerable Residences, multiple clubs including Fort Myer and Fort McNair and over 40,000 private homes to boast of and most importantly dozens of Interior design firms that use our resource exclusively. MFG runs a corporate and furniture leasing business for multiple corporations sustaining accounts and Embassies.
Recently has had the honor of designing and furnishing the newly-refurbished historical Wyoming residence of the Libyan Ambassador, in Washington DC, New York and Englewood, New Jersey. “This was a project close to my heart”, says Tehmina. “Working with the Embassy of Libya was a completely professional and lovely experience, as our design team brought beautiful properties to life”, she added. Every job is unique the Kennedy Warren, Canadian project, Brunei, Malaysian projects, Josephine and Quarters Seven are unforgettable experiences.
We are a DC institution, and my team shows the same enthusiasm for locating a hard to find piece as it does for our corporate or embassy clients” says Tehmina. “We pride ourselves on being able to work within a budget and making dreams come true within that budget, be it big or small.”