The word Alchemy is derrived from Al-Kymia, Arabic for Chemistry, which in turn is derived from Kyme (Egypt), the black land. Alchemy is an esoteric art and science that had unmistakably originated in Egypt as it is etymologically evident from Kyme.

Founded in 1997 by Karim Mekhtigian, Alchemy Design Studio started out as an interior and product design office. A few years later


Karim Mekhtigian was born on 23 February 1964 in Egypt from an Armenian family.After attending l’Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Techniques in Paris to study Interior Design and Scenography, he started up his own design studio, Dessilk, taking on different design projects. In 1997, Karim Mekhtigian decided to return to Egypt and founded Alchemy Design Studio which, more than a decade later, is a leading design company in Egypt. Ghada Ibrahim  interviewed Mekhtigian.