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.