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Berber Geometric Thuya Wood Door

SKU:TFS0021
£1,298.00

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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

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Berber Geometric Thuya Wood Door with a multitude of incised designs. Elliptical loops sit between herringbone borders surrounded with diminishing circular designs. The central part of the door incised with a faux opening panel, this surrounded by stylised rope and more circular borders. An appealing door of four panels of Thuya wood. The hinge and hinge panel carved from the solid one piece of Thuya wood.


These doors are an integral part of the culture and history of the Berber peoples of Saharan North Africa. The main portal to the Berber home, protecting from the harsher elements of the region. The decorations, symbols passed down over generations are incised into these doors, some meanings have been lost to time, others of a more modern nature have been over carved, these over carvings offer a cultural link and display a naivety of craftsmanship which is often very appealing.


Thuya wood genus Thuja articulate, or Tetraclinis articulate, belonging to the cypress family, a conifer type found across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, Malta and south-east Spain, preferring dry arid conditions. The erosive climate of the desert creates over time a unique and wonderful sun-bleached surface to the wood panels. This only reinforcing the hardship of the traditional Berber and Tuareg lifestyle of yesteryear and of more modern times still. The doors often found with inscriptions, geometric images, objects and stylistic motifs of nomadic importance. Some of the designs are so intricate they support the original owners past status or wealth in the local community.

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SKU TFS0021
Age No
Origin Morocco