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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.

Small panels for use as table tops or wall mountings made up from 6 tiles. Available singly. References - Top row L to R, 3049, 3050, 3051. Bottom row L to R, 3052, 3053 and 3053A. Sizes - all 60 x 40 cms., or 24 x 16 inches. Euros 275 each. Solds, 3049, 3050.

Matching pair of panels each made from 32 tiles. Very versatile size with several display and use options. available singly. Reference 3054 and 3055. Size 130 x 86 cms., or 52 x 27 inches. Euros 400 each. SOLD.

Long panel assembled from 192 tiles. Reference 3056. Size 480 x 160 cms., or 15ft. 9ins. x 5ft. 3ins. Euros 4200.

Magnificent fire place surround which consists of several sections for ease of mounting. Reference 3057. Size 301 x 160 cms., or 10ft. x 5ft. 4ins. Euros 2850. SOLD.

Versatile panel of 32 tiles with several options for use and display. Signature of Azim Cini in the bottom border. Reference 3000. Size 130 x 82 cms., or 54 x 27 inches. Euros 400.

Exquisite large panel of 84 tiles plus borders. Reference 3058. Size 260 x 160 cms., or 8ft. 7ins. x 5ft. 4ins. Euros 2000. SOLD.

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.

Versatile panel of 32 tiles with several options for use and display. Signature of Azim Cini in the bottom border. Reference 3069. Size 130 x 82 cms., or 54 x 27 inches. Euros 400.

Versatile panel of 32 tiles with several options for use and display. Signature of Azim Cini in the bottom border. Reference 3071. Size 130 x 82 cms., or 54 x 27 inches. Euros 400.

Versatile panel of 32 tiles with several options for use and display. Signature of Azim Cini in the bottom border. Reference 3070. Size 130 x 82 cms., or 54 x 27 inches. Euros 400. SOLD.

CERAMIC TILE from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. This large single tile is in perfect condition and is an outstanding example of design, clarity and colour. Reference 3082. Size 20 cms., or 8 ins. square. Euros 30. SOLD.

CERAMIC TILES from the Fabrika of the master ceramacist Azim Cini in Kutahya, Western Turkey, circa 1930/1950. TOP - Reference 3083. Size 17 x 16 cms., or 7 x 6 ins. Euros 15. LEFT. Reference 3084. Size 16 x 17 cms., or 6 x 7 ins. Euros 12, RIGHT. Reference 3085. Size 17 x 18 cms., or 7 x 8 ins. Euros 12.

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 3077. Size 34 x 32 cms., or 14 x 13 ins. Euros 54. SOLD.

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.

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 3073. Size 32 x 34 cms., or 13 x 14 ins. Euros 75. SOLD.

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 3086. Size 43 x 34 cms., or 17 x 13 ins. Euros 190. SOLD.

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 27 x 13 ins. Euros 160 the panel.

CLOSE UP of the delicate floral designs.

MOROCCAN BRASS AND COPPER KETTLE. A well used, early 20th century piece. It was made by artisans in Marrakech and would have been used in a wealthy home to keep hot water for the traditional mint tea. The surface has a beautiful patina. Reference 2379. Size 34cms. 1ft.2in. high. Euros 90.

A COLLECTION OF THREE BERBER SPOONS, hand carved from hard wood. They are very old and are from a Berber group living in the extreme southern region of Morocco known as the Pre-Sahara. There are illutrations and details of this type of spoon in the text book "Tazenacht", pages 45 and 46. References 2413, 2414, 2415, sizes 33, 32 and 21 cms., or 13, 12 and 9 ins. Euros 48 for three pieces

TUAREG WOODEN ARTIFACT which although found in southern Morocco had arrived from Mauritania. It is hand carved from one piece of wood and the elegant handle indicates that it would have used as a ladle or a measure. The outside of the bowl has finely carved designs. Reference 2594. Size 20cms. 8in. long. Euros 85.

MOROCCAN WOODEN CHEST / ARTIFACT which is beautifully made from thuya wood. Thuya is a low growing conifer unique to the western part of Morocco and has been used for wooden items since Roman times. It is resinous and makes a wonderful base for lacquer. The design is of the ramparts of the Portuguese-built fort finished in 1506 which defends the harbour at Essaouria. The cannons depicted were made in Holland in 1744. The Portuguese built 6 fortifications along the western Moroccan coast and parts of this one are still standing today. Wooden chests and much information can be found in `Splendeurs du Maroc - Musee Royal de LÀfrique Centrale, 1998`on pages 360/362. Ref. 2238. Size 60 x 43 x 31 cms. 24 x 17 x 13 inches. Euros 425.

MOROCCAN BERBER ARTIFACTS. A collection of three small hand carved, hand painted, probably cedar wood bowls. They are used by Tuaregs to store saffron. Similar pieces are shown in “Splendeurs du Maroc” on page 345. Reference 2270, 2271 and 2272. Size all approximately 5cms. - 2ins. - high. Euros 45 for 3.

MOROCCAN BERBER ARTIFACTS which are hand carved, hand painted, wooden pots for the storage of kohl, a cosmetic widely used for eyes. The lids are used to apply the kohl. Similar pieces are shown in “Splendeurs du Maroc” on page 345. Reference 2273, 2274 and 2275. Size all approximately 7cms., 3in. Euros 45 for 3.

MOROCCAN BERBER ARTIFACT. A large hand carved, cedar wood pot for the storage of saffron. A similar piece is shown in “Splendeurs du Maroc” on page 345. Reference 2269. Size 8cms. high - 3ins. high. Euros 40.

MOROCCAN TUAREG WOODEN BOWL. This dates from the late 19th century and is Tuareg work from the northern Sahara. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale, 1998, page 43. Reference 2058. Size 28cms, 11ins, diameter. Euros 65.

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.

INDIAN BRASS RITUAL POTS - a pair of antique pots for dispensing water during ritual ceremonies. Both are intricately and beautifully designed, one with a row of Hindu Gods and the other with extravagent peacocks. Although these date from the very early 20th century pots of this nature were in use during the Mughal period which ended in the 1850s. Reference 2816 and 2817. Size 9cms., or 4 ins high. Euros 65 each.