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Many artifacts are woven for use in tents, huts and dwellings. Among the most numerous are rectangular weavings which are folded in half and stitched and then become cushions and pillows. A small opening is left on a long side sufficient for various fillings to be inserted by hand. Bags of all sizes range from the tiny which contain precious items of jewellery, spices or dried fruit to the huge which are filled with grain.

Saddle bags for transport of goods by horse or donkey are common.

Finely woven bags are still made as dowry pieces.

Many items of clothing are woven for every day, ceremonial and special occasions.

Please send any questions or enquiries to me at ldrowcroft@gmail.com

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FLAT WOVEN SASH WITH EMBROIDERED DESIGN which I believe comes from Mexico or close by Central America where it was bought by the previous owner in 1982. The designs in wool are on a cotton foundation and are based on floral and superstitious forms and include several portrayals of girls or women in swirling dresses. Reference 3119. Size 248 x 13 cms., or 8ft. 2ins. x 5 ins. Euros 75.

CLOSE UP of two dancing young ladies are in the border.

CLOSE UP of an animal or mythical form which is woven into the border.

THIS IS a tile which I know to be from Mexico and is in my own collection.

Collection of 7 rare Berber ceremonial woven belts - Woven for both Berber men and women and tied around the waist as part of the colourful clothes worn on special occasions. Details - from left to right - 1. All silk from the remote region of Zagora in the eastern High Atlas close to the Algerian border, length 200 cms, ref. 2697. 2. All silk and incorporating a fastening loop. This is Berber work from the High Atlas south of Marrakech. Length 190 cms, ref 2695. 3. Plaited wool very long belt which was made for a shepherd and would have been wound around his waist several times. It is from the region of Boujad, south west Middle Atlas. length 350 cms, ref 1948. 4. Two shades of wool twisted together make this short belt, again for a shepherd but this time from the region of Mrirt in the Middle Atlas. Length 95 cms, ref. 1931. 5. All silk, incorporating the fastening loop and ball, for a Berber women from the High Atlas south of Marrakech. Length 166 cms, ref. 2694. 6. Finely twisted, bound at intervals with silk and adorned with metal discs - this is from the Djebel Siroua region of the Pre-Sahara in the deep south of Morocco. Length 450 cms, ref. 1950. 7. Very unusual eastern High Atlas region belt. The madder coloured foundation is actually knitted by men of the tribe. It is the task of the women to card, spin and dye the wools. Knitting garments, especially those to protect from the bitter cold, is carried out by shepherds on both sides of the Algerian/Moroccan border. Length 260 cms long and 10 cms wide. Available singly or as a collection. See entry on Rugrabbit. Prices from euros 48 to75. Whole collection euros 385.

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 UPS 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.

MOROCCAN BERBER TENT CUSHION OR PILLOW the fineness of which indicates that it was woven as a dowry piece. The embroidered design is both intricate and beautiful, White cotton (which discolours less than wool in a smokey environment) and both genuine silk and mercerised cottons have been used in the designs. It originates from a village in the Zemmour Province in the western part of the Middle Atlas and I found it in the bazar in Khemisset. Reference 2204. Size 92 x 36 cms., or 36 x 15 inches. Euros 375.

THE FINE DESIGNS ARE SHOWN ON THE REVERSE SIDE.