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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.

I recently discovered a previously unknown cache of antique ceramic underglaze tiles which had been lying in an old warehouse in Malaga for the past 30 years. They have been accurately identified as the work of the Master Cermacist Azim Cini and were hand made, hand painted and fired in the Fabrika in the western Turkish town of Kutahya, circa 1920. The maker signs most of his work, usually in the centre of the bottom border. Most of the tiles measure 20 cms., or 8 inches, square and panels of various sizes are assembled from them. Additional shaped tiles are made for borders and special uses such as fireplace surrounds. In 1919 as the Ottoman Empire was crumbling many of the ceramic makers from Kutahya were recruited to carry out major renovations to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Many stayed on. All the tiles have been cleaned gently, thoroughly checked and are now packed in custom made boxes for storage and shipment. Their original boxes were on the verge of collapse when I found them.

WATER COLOUR SCENE of almost unbelievable fineness from the late Qajar period which was found by the previous owner in Isfahan in the late 1950s. Variations on this hunting scene have been portrayed in Persian carpets for many centuries. This one, unusually, shows the use of tamed cheetahs wearing collars and the use of small bows and arrows by the hunters on horseback. The beaters and other assistants used in the hunt are also included in the overall very fine drawing. Reference 3098. Size (unframed) 20 x 12 cms, or 8 x 5 ins. Euros 190.

WATER COLOUR SCENE of almost unbelievable fineness from the late Qajar period which was found by the previous owner in Isfahan in the late 1950s. The scene captured in such fine detail here is that of the role of the bathroom and bathing in the daily life of the Islamic lands. The exquisite ceramic tile work and architectual features show the ornate beauty of the rooms. Reference 3100. Size (unframed) 24 x 15 cms., or 9,5 x 6 ins. Euros 190.

WATER COLOUR SCENE of almost unbelievable fineness from the late Qajar period which was found by the previous owner in Isfahan in the late 1950s. The scene captures the inside of a palace or sumptuous dwelling. The top floor portrays bedrooms with mother, baby and servants. The middle floor is ocupied by an important man seated on his throne while receiving various eminent guests while servants prepare dishes of melons. Outside the fortified wall and street door servants receive a visitor on horseback while perhaps paying a supplier to the house. This whole composition is a finely painted depiction of life and history. Reference 3099. Size (unframed) 20 x 12 cms., or 8 x 5 ins. Euros 190.

It was impossible to photograph this huge panel which consists of 997 individual tiles. It measures 10,4 x 2.4 metres or 34 x 8 feet. It is probably the largest single antique ceramic panel available today. It can be sub divided into several separate panels. THIS PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS ONLY 10% OF THE WHOLE PANEL. WHOLE PANEL -- PRICE ON APPLICATION.

The boxes as I found them gave no clue to the treasures inside. One end had been propped up by an equally abandoned bicycle which certainly prevented many boxes crashing down.

VINTAGE ceramic hand made underglazed tile from the workshop of Azim Cini, master cermacist at the Fabrika in the western Anatolian town of Kutahya, The deep rich blue is typical of their work. It was part of an elaborate wall panel. It will make a fascinating and colourful addition to the kitchen, perhaps as a pot stand or trivet. Reference 3157. Size 20 cms., or approximately 7 inches in diameter. Euros 20.

CERAMIC TILES from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. This pair of tiles was part of the central panel of a much larger piece. Reference 3080. Size 16 x 34 cms., or 6 x 13 ins. Euros 36 the pair.

CERAMIC TILES from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. This pair of tiles was part of the central panel of a much larger piece. Reference 3081. Size 16 x 34 cms., or 6 x 13 ins. Euros 24 the pair.

CERAMIC TILES from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. This group of four tiles was part of the central panel of a much larger piece. Reference 3076. Size 34 x 36 cms., or 13 x 15 ins. Euros 54.

CERAMIC TILES from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. This group of four tiles was part of the central panel of a much larger piece. Reference 3074. Size 32 x 34 cms., or 13 x 14 ins. Euros 54.

CERAMIC TILES from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. This group of four tiles was part of the central panel of a much larger piece. The panel includes two tiles bearing the signature of Azim Cini which often was included in the original smaller panels ranging from 6 to 32 tiles. Reference 3075. Size 34 x 32 cms., or 14 x 13 ins. Euros 75.

ANTIQUE CERAMIC TURKISH TILED PANEL which is the last large panel of these tiles we discovered in a derelict warehouse in Malaga where they had been stored since the early 1980s. They are the work of the master ceramacist Azim Cini of the famous Kutahya Fabrika in western Anatolia. The collection has been authenticated by Bonhams in London. This large panel consists of 161 tiles which form the central panel and 60 narrower tiles which form the borders. It measures 480 x 160 cms., or 15 feet 9 inches x 5 feet 3 inches. The tiles are in good condition and stored in custom made wooden crates which are rubber lined. Reference 3056, Euros 3,600.

The interior of the Central Mosque in Washington DC has several panels and decorative arches lined with Kutahya tiles with a very similar design to our panel.

CERAMIC TILES from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. This beautiful collection of 8 tiles was part of the central panel of a much larger piece. Reference 3079. Size 69 x 32 cms., or 27 x 13 ins. Euros 140 the panel.

CLOSE UP of the delicate floral designs.

CERAMIC TILES from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. This beautiful collection of 10 tiles was part of the central panel of a much larger piece. Reference 3078. Size 82 x 32 cms., or 34 x 13 ins. Euros 160 the panel.

CLOSE UP of the delicate floral designs.

MOROCCAN STONE LAMP Primitive but effective lamps are carved out of stone and may either be used with candles or oil in which a wick is burned. This is an old Berber piece from the Middle Atlas and both sides have hand carved decorations of the eye which, in Berber mythology, helps to keep evil away. Both types of lamps are shown in "Splendeurs du Maroc" on page 41. Reference 2593. Size 8 x 25cms. 3 x 10ins. Euros 86

PERSIAN ARTIFACT A wonderful example of hand beaten and hand made work by Persian craftsmen. This water jug would have been for use in a city house. The lid, surmounted by a bird, is particularly attractive and the piece dates from the first half, 20th century. Ref. 1976. Size 54 cms, 1ft 10ins, high. Euros 325.