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African Features

The African environment is a very dry and at times severe environment. The nomads, indigenous Berbers know just how difficult it is to eke out an existence among the deserts and mountains of the greater Western Desert of North Africa. This is our canvas of African features, we search, find and negotiate to bring part of the heritage of the region to Europe. An endeavour to secure some of the historical and everyday artefacts of those peoples. When over nearly three decades we began our expedition into the region we discovered wooden artefacts were casually destroyed for firewood or passed over and used for building materials. This trend has thankfully ceased as traders like ourselves coveted these beautiful domestic objects. A tin door is more desirable than a wooden door which needs frequent repairs, and so through natural and generational stages and preferences, these intriguing treen objects become available.

  1. Rustic Moroccan Lantern 938mm

    Rustic Moroccan Lantern 938mm

    £432.00
    Rustic Moroccan lantern curated for the world of interiors from Morocco. Creatively hand crafted by Artisans in Morocco using rustic tin to create this stylish bespoke design, perfect for your home interior whether displayed hanging from the ceiling, patio or placed in the garden. Moroccan lantern. Height: 93.8 cm Width: 33.5 cm Depth: 33.5 cm Lantern door. Height: 25.2 cm Width: 22 cm Approximate weight: 4,400 kg Learn More
  2. African Pestle And Mortar 627mm

    African Mortar 627mm

    £442.00
    Iconic African mortar 627mm, used on the African continent for thousands of years domestic pestles and mortars are an integral part of family life. Each pestle and mortar has a unique character, this partly born out by its daily use, some extremely old, having passed through generations, some as the mortar illustrated having traversed across regions from one encampment to the another. The pestle and mortars we offer for sale have been traded through the Berber clans of north Africa. Mortar measurements. Length: 62.7 cm Diameter: 28 cm Approximate weight: 14.2 kg Learn More
  3. African Pestle And Mortar 765mm

    African wood Pestle And Mortar 765mm

    £492.00
    Iconic African wood pestle and mortar 765mm used for centuries throughout the African continent as domestic pestles and mortars. Each one has charm and character of its daily use, some are extremely old, having passed through generations, some travelling thousands of kilometres across desert regions from one encampment to the another. A domestic item so proven that it is still used throughout parts of Africa for pounding out the daily bread of life in villages and townships. The examples we offer here are traded through Berbers of north Africa, have been passed through families to our modern times, some extremely old and some decades old. Mortar measurements. Length: 76.5 cm Diameter: 30.9 cm Approximate weight: 17.2 kg Learn More
  4. African Pestle And Mortar 682mm

    African Pestle And Mortar 682mm

    £492.00
    Iconic African pestle and mortar 682mm, once used for centuries throughout the vast continent. These fine examples of pestles and mortars have been used for transporting goods across the sahara for trading by the Touareg's and nomads of the North Western Sahara in North Africa. Mortar measurements. Length: 68.2 cm Diameter: 31.8 cm Approximate weight: 18.6 kg Learn More
  5. African Pestle And Mortar 694mm

    African Pestle And Mortar 694mm

    £492.00
    Iconic African pestle and mortar 694mm, used for centuries throughout the African continent as domestic pestles and mortars. Each one has charm and character of its daily use, some are extremely old, having passed through generations, some travelling thousands of kilometres across desert regions from one encampment to the another. A domestic item so proven that it is still used throughout parts of Africa for pounding out the daily bread of life in villages and townships. The examples we offer here are traded through Berbers of north Africa, have been passed through families to our modern times, some extremely old and some decades old. Mortar measurements. Length: 69.4 cm Diameter: 28.5 cm Approximate weight: 10.7 kg Learn More
  6. African Pestle And Mortar 637mm

    African Pestle And Mortar 637mm

    £492.00
    African pestle and mortar 637mm, used for thousands of years on the African continent, iconic domestic pestles and mortars. Each has a character of its daily toil, some extremely old, having passed along generations of use, carried across desert regions from one encampment to the another. A domestic item so proven, it is still in use today throughout parts of Africa for pounding out the daily food of life. Here we offer examples traded through Berbers of north Africa, some extremely old. Mortar measurements. Length: 63.7 cm Diameter: 29 cm Approximate weight: 11.3 kg Learn More
  7. African Pestle And Mortar

    African Pestle And Mortar 702mm

    £502.00
    African Pestle And Mortar 702mm overall with highly decorative repairs.The pestle waisted in the middle regions by continual use. The tin repairs are embellishments of Africa domestic art and the ingenuity of the previous owners to retain the life of this mortar. An excellent anthropological view into this region and inhabitants stretching back through generations of ownership. Mortar measurements. Length: 70.2 cm Diameter: 43.7 cm Approximate weight: 32.1 kg Learn More
  8. Berber Nomad Door

    Berber Thuya Wood Door With Lock

    £1,100.00
    Berber Thuya wood door with lock, a fascinating portal into the anthropological Berber life. Iconically recognisable to the experienced traveller to have ventured through the Northern territories of Africa and beyond into neighbouring states. A Berber, Touareg and Arab style door. Each having its own unique qualities including etched decorations, these inscribed motifs from ancient to modern occupancy. As the Berber village homes in of North Africa are updated the doors are occasionally reclaimed. These doors are becoming scarce, some are extremely old, having inscriptions of generations. Some with geometric designs of protection or good fortune, others pictorials of daily life. Berber door measurements. Height: 4 - 5 ft Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 20 Kg Learn More
  9. Berber Geometric Door

    Berber Geometric Thuya Wood Door

    £1,298.00
    Berber geometric Thuya wood door, an anthropological view of Berber life via this portal. Iconically recognisable to the traveller venturing through the North African region. The Berber door featuring the aged bleached patina of Thuya wood created by the Saharan sun. Every family had its own unique etched emblems, these inscribed motifs from ancient occupancy illustrate the genealogical history of each family, clan or village. A unique wall hanging or secret garden door. These doors are becoming scarce, some are extremely old, having inscriptions of generations. Some with geometric designs of protection or good fortune, others pictorials of daily life. Berber door measurements. Height: 1500 mm Width: 1000 mm Depth: 50 mm Approximate weight: 20 Kg Learn More
  10. Berber Palm Door

    Berber Palm Wood Door

    £1,988.00
    Berber Palm Wood Door allows an anthropological peek into Berber life. Iconically recognisable to the experienced traveller of Africa. A Berber, Touareg style each with its own unique charm. As the Berber homes are modernised these past portals are occasionally reclaimed. These doors are becoming scarce, some are extremely old, having generational use they are a part of North African domestic history. Berber door measurements. Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 20 Kg Learn More
  11. Berber Mosque Door

    Berber Five Panel Thuya Wood Door

    £1,998.00
    Berber five panelled Thuya wood door, the Thuya tree genus Thuja articulate, or Tetraclinis articulate, belongs to the cypress family, a conifer found across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta and Cartagena in south-east Spain, preferring dry arid conditions. The ancient door with inscriptions including stars, windows and crosses and a stylistic mosque tower to the upper left corner. Also, a simple repair with a palm wood panel illustrates the use and domestic importance of these doors to their owners, the portals are in some cases extremely old decoration being added to or inscribed by different generations of the Berber family. Berber door measurements. Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More
  12. Berber Dark Door

    Berber Dark Thuya Wood Door

    £1,998.00
    Berber Thuya Wood Door with inscriptions a fascinating portal into the anthropology of settled Berber life. these iconic entrances recognisable to the experienced traveller to the Northern territories of Africa and neighbouring Northern Saharan states now becoming a rare sight with the ever progressive modernisation and security of Berber villages.Read the full description below... Berber door measurements. TO BE CONFIRMED AND UPDATED BETWEEN 4ft 6ins AND 5ft HEIGHT Berber door measurements. Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More
  13. Berber Rustic Door

    Berber Rustic Door

    £1,998.00
    Berber rustic door held by three horizontal handcrafted struts using North African palm and with a wood limb hinge still with the tubercles of the palm plant on the surface, the whole held together with large beaten iron headed nails which also hold the original wooden lock in place. The door incised in traditional Berber geometric motifs. The door made of Thuya wood, genus Thuja articulate, or Tetraclinis articulate, belonging to the cypress family, a conifer type found across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta and Cartagena south-east Spain, preferring dry arid conditions. Berber door measurements. Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More