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When travelling through the traditional weaving countries buying rugs and textiles, it is impossible to ignore the incredible old artifacts and the wonderful traditional artisanal  skills. Here is a selection of items I could not resist.

RARE ARCHITECTURAL PRINT -- in the early 1980s students of the Escola Tecnica Superior d·Arquitectura de Barcelona (founded in 1875) were invited to make original drawings of various aspects of the world famous Moorish Alhambra in Granada, southern Spain. The castle and complex was home to the royalty and Islamic leaders of the Moors from the mid 1300s until their expulsion in 1492. The drawings were published in 1986 by the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife and only four colour copies were made of each, of which this is one. It shows the Archway Gate and was drawn by Architect Josep m. Tarapu i Farran . Reference 3142. Size (framed) 47 x 34 cms., or 29 x 18 ins. Euros 225.

CLOSE UP OF THE GATE.

RARE ARCHITECTURAL PRINT -- in the early 1980s students of the Escola Tecnica Superior d·Arquitectura de Barcelona (founded in 1875) were invited to make original drawings of various aspects of the world famous Moorish Alhambra in Granada, southern Spain. The castle and complex was home to the royalty and Islamic Moorish leaders from the mid 1300s until their expulsion in 1492. The drawings were published in 1986 by the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife and only four colour copies were made of each, of which this is one. This drawing was made during studies in the period 1984/5 by architect Josep Ribas i Cevera and shows the wonderful Moorish ceramic tiles which were used to decorate the walls of the "Bano Real" (Royal Bathroom) in the Alhambra. Reference 3139. Size 34 x 47 cms., or 18 x 29 inches framed. Euros 225.

CLOSE UP OF THE CERAMIC TILE WORK.

RARE ARCHITECTURAL PRINT -- in the early 1980s students of the Escola Tecnica Superior d·Arquitectura de Barcelona (founded in 1875) were invited to make original drawings of various aspects of the world famous Moorish Alhambra in Granada, southern Spain. The castle and complex was home to the royalty and Islamic Moorish leaders from the mid 1300s until their expulsion in 1492. The drawings were published in 1986 by the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife and only four colour copies were made of each, of which this is one. Of the collection of eight drawings we have this is the only one where we have not yet traced the architect who drew the original but we are working on it. The drawing shows a compsite of a plinth of ceramic tiles in front of an ornate internal pillar. Reference 3140. Size 47 x 34 cms., or 29 x 18 inches framed. Euros 225.

RARE ARCHITECTURAL PRINT -- in the early 1980s students of the Escola Tecnica Superior d·Arquitectura de Barcelona (founded in 1875) were invited to make original drawings of various aspects of the world famous Moorish Alhambra in Granada, southern Spain. The castle and complex was home to the royalty and Islamic Moorish leaders from the mid 1300s until their expulsion in 1492. The drawings were published in 1986 by the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife and only four colour copies were made of each, of which this is one. It shows part of the entrance to the "Sala de Concierto" and the portrayal of the ceramic tile work is exceptional. The artist was architect Dona Maria Teresa Miguez Maso. Reference 3141. Size 74 x 34 cms., or 29 x 18 ins. Euros 225 framed.

RARE MOROCCAN BERBER SHOES dating from the first half of the 20th century and which are hand made from camel leather. The embroidery is hand stitched silk. They would have been used for ceremonial or important occasions. They were not for daily wear. They are from a Berber group in the Djebel Siroua region of the High Atlas pre-Sahara in southern Morocco. Two similar pairs can be seen in "Spendeurs of Maroc" published by Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale as plates 247 and 248 which are part of a private collection of rare Berber artifacts. Reference 2578. Size 25cms.10ins. long. Euros 265.

ANTIQUE WOOL CARDER -- a primitive sturdy tool used in the early stages of carding wool into lengths. These last for generations and are handed down through the families. This example is from Kurdish weavers in eastern Anatolia close to the Turkish/Syrian border and dates from around 1900. Reference 3183. Size 40 x 27 cms., or 16 x 11 ins. Euros 90.

ANTIQUE PAIR OF WOOL CARDERS used by Moroccan Berbers in the preparation of bundles of newly washed wool into lengths before dying them. This primitive method is used in most rug weaving lands and the tools, always used as a pair, are handed down through the generations. Reference 3185. Size 26 cms., or 10 ins. long. Euros 65 the pair.

AN ANTIQUE WOODEN DOOR of most unusual construction because it has been assembled from individual pieces which make up the whole door. It still has the original hand beaten bolt and hook for closing. Although found in Morocco where it had been abandoned in a barn for about 15 years, it may originally be from Andalucia. Use it a dramatic wall hanging, or on top of two trestles as a very unusual table or desk top. Ref. 2904. Size 174 x 78 cms., or 5ft. 10ins. x 2ft. 7ins. Euros 380.

ORIGINAL closing bolt and hook.

MOROCCAN BERBER WOODEN ARTIFACT Security - High Atlas style. This primitive hand carved wooden key with its equally primitive metal teeth would have been used to secure the door of a hut. It is an example of ingenuity and quite fascinating. I found it in the High Atlas. The depictions of every day objects for use in the design of Berber rugs is quite common. The excellent book "Ait Bou Ichaouen - Weavings of a nomadic Berber tribe" shows on Plate 87 a carpet of the Ait Rguig sub-tribe with depictions of a similar key throughout. Reference 2589. Size 21cms. 9in. long. Euros 55.