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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.

ANTIQUE CERAMIC FOUNTAIN which was part of the Castillo de Bil Bil on the sea front of the southern Spanish town of Benalmadena and opened in 1927. There were several fountains both in the gardens and inside the brown stone building which was built in the Islamic style. It has a fascinating history and was acquired by the town in 1980 and is used as a cultural centre for art exhibitions, concerts and conferences. Reference 3015. Width approximately 120 cms., or 48 inches. Euros 385.

EL CASTILLO DE BIL BIL on the sea front in the town of Benalmadena, southern Spain, and previous home of this beautiful fountain.

ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURAL STYLE OF THE INTERIOR OF THE CASTILLO.

BERBER ANTIQUE WOODEN BOWL In the pre Sahara region of southern Morocco wood is a precious commodity. Bowls are hand carved from a piece of solid hardwood and their ultimate shape indicates their use. There are ladles, spoons, bowls with lids for honey and round and square trays. There is a section in "Splendeurs du Maroc" pages 64 and 65 that illustrates several items. This large bowl is to store camel milk. It is complete with original camel leather rope. Reference 2575. Size 17cms. 7ins. high. Euros 76.

ANTIQUE BRASS AND COPPER RICE COOKER, in original condition and complete with stand, cooking dish with lid and handle. There is a heating bowl which fits underneath. It is Persian and for decades was in use in a Tehran house. It dates frm the early 20th century. Reference 3027. Size - diameter 27 cms., or 11 inches. Euros 80.

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 BRASS AND COPPER COOKING POT for use on an open fire. The pot is sturdy and heavy with dual handles attached with rivets. It is hand beaten and dates from the early 20th century. It was found in the market in Addis Ababa in the early 1960s and makes a wonderful kitchen decoration alone, or filled with dried gourds or flowers or fruit. Reference 3016. Size 28 cms., or 11 inches in diameter. Euros 90.

VERY OLD MORTAR AND PESTLE made of heavy brass. It dates from the early 20th century and would have been a frequently used utensil in a wealthier type of home in Morocco. It is a very stylish addition to a modern kitchen today. Reference 3022. Height 13 cms., or 7 inches. Euros 75.

ANTIQUE BRASS AND COPPER WATER JUG which is a hand made, hand beaten heavy example dating from the late 19th century. It had been in use for decades when it was found in the market in Addis Ababa in the early 1960s. Reference 3020. Height 31 cms., or 12 inches. Euros 80.

ANTIQUE BRASS AND COPPER COOKING POT for use on an open fire. The pot is sturdy and heavy with dual handles attached with rivets. It is hand beaten and dates from the early 20th century. It was found in the market in Addis Ababa in the early 1960s and makes a wonderful kitchen decoration alone, or filled with dried gourds or flowers or fruit. Reference 3017. Size 28 cms., or 11 inches in diameter. Euros 90

ANTIQUE COPPER SERVING SPOON. Probably made in the latter part of the 19th century and hand beaten and forged. The spoon is very heavy and would have been used for stiring and serving hot food prpared in a large pot over an open fire in a Moroccan kitchen. It will be an interesting addition to modern kitchen decor. Reference 3024. Length 40 cms., or 16 inches. Euros 30.

ANTIQUE BRASS AND COPPER COOKING POT for use on an open fire. The pot is sturdy and heavy with the original metal ring for hanging in place. It is hand beaten and dates from the early 20th century. It was found in the market in Addis Ababa in the early 1960s and makes a wonderful kitchen decoration alone, or filled with dried gourds or flowers or fruit. Reference 3019. Size 27 cms., or 11 inches in diameter. Euros 80.

ANTIQUE MOROCCAN BERBER BEATING COMB. The design has remained unchanged for more than 100 years. The comb, with its long teeth, is used at the loom by the weaver to beat down a row of completed knots when weaving a carpet so they are straight and await the next row to be tied. Often the metal shoulder and the hard wood handle are carved with Berber designs, some to show everyday objects and others of a superstitious nature to protect from bad luck. They make fascinating decorative items. We have several examples, please ask to see more. This reference is 3006. Length of handle 8 cms., or 3 inches. Euros 28.

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 COPPER AND BRASS COOKING POT which dates from the late 1800's. It is the Moroccan version of the Spanish "Olla" or narrow necked cooking pot and would have been used for long slow cooking over a wood fire. The heavy handles were important for lifting the pot from the fire. Reference 2982. Size 25 cms. or 12 inches high. Euros 180

ANTIQUE COPPER TRAY with intricate hand beaten designs This large tray has a thin coating of tin which was a traditional way of neutralising the effects of copper on the food being served. The work is very fine and the piece from the eastern Mediterranean. It will make a stylish tray, table top or wall hanging. Reference 2983. Diameter 38 cms., or 15 inches. Euros 90.

ANTIQUE FOOD SERVING BOWL WITH TIGHT FITTING DOMED LID which is made of copper and has an inside fine layer of tin. This technique allows the copper to keep the food hot while protecting it from the effects copper can cause. It will polish beautifully and has many uses in a modern home of today. Reference 2984. Diameter 33 cms., or 13 inches. Euros 80.

BRASS CANDLE HOLDERS -- A pair which are heavy and well made. The design is sophisticated with the unusual incorporation of a circular dish to catch the falling wax. This design suggests an origin of the eastern Mediterranean or even as far as Persia. Reference 2985. Height 42 cms., or 17 inches each high. Euros 120 the pair.

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.

ANTIQUE BRASS SERVING SPOON. Probably made in the latter part of the 19th century and hand beaten and forged. The spoon is very heavy and would have been used for stiring and serving hot food prpared in a large pot over an open fire in a Moroccan kitchen. It will be an interesting addition to modern kitchen decor. Reference 3025. Length 40 cms., or 16 inches. Euros 30.

ANTIQUE MOROCCAN COPPER AND BRASS KETTLE AND STAND. These were found in many Moroccan houses and are still in daily use in those areas without electricity. They ensure a constant supply of hot water which allows for the frequent preparation of the unique mint tea. The piece is from the last part of the 19th century and has a well documented past as it was part of the kitchen in Castillo de Bil Bil, the Arab Cultural Center which was built on the sea front in Benalmadena from 1920 to 1927. Reference 2987. Height, assembled, 63 cms., or 25 inches. Euros 350.

ANTIQUE COPPER COOKING POT which is hand forged and has extensive and intricate Islamic designs hand beaten around the outside. It is seriously old and probably dates from the mid 19th century. Reference 2986. Height 31 cms., or 13 inches. Euros 200.

ANTIQUE COPPER INCENSE HOLDER -- a very heavy, yet intricate, piece which has had decades of use. Its sophisticated design suggests in is from the eastern Mediterranean and dates from the early 20th century. Reference 2989. Height 19 cms., or 8 inches. Euros 120

ANTIQUE COPPER SHALLOW BOWL with an intricate hand beaten garden design in the centre. The small centre circle is filled with individual flowers, the next outer circle portrays rows of Berber tents and beyond them is a circle of large trees. A beautiful artisanal work. Reference 2991. Diameter 24 cms., or 10 inches. Euros 55.

ANTIQUE COPPER FOOD CARRIER. This is the antique version of today's vacuum flask. The bowl is made of hand beaten copper and the lid is very tight fitting. The closing clasp is substantial and closes firmly. The copper allowed food to be kept hot. It is the tradition in some Middle East countries and as far as India for wives to prepare hot food for their husbands then take it to work at lunch times and this was the purpose of the bowl. It is hinged and the two halves open up - why not do this and use each half to display a different fruit. I think you may safely proclaim that you are unique if you do. Reference 2990. Diameter 24 cms., or 10 inches. Euros 100.

ANTIQUE INDO/PERSIAN BRASS DISPLAY POT decorated with enamel and having a very intricate floral motif all around the circumference. Reference 2993. Height 36 cms., or 14 inches. Euros 100.

ANTIQUE COPPER SERVING PLATE which dates from the latter part of the 19th century. It is made of hand beaten copper, is heavy, and has an intricate central design. The shaped edge is very unusual. Reference 2992. Diameter 35 cms., or 14 inches. Euros 65.

ANTIQUE MOROCCAN KETTLE for use on an open fire. Homes throughout Morocco had these and they survive today in many rural areas. The vessel is of copper which has excellent heat retaining qualities and the designs are hand beaten. The handle is of heavy brass. Add character and history to your kitchen display with this 19th century piece. Reference 2995. Height 28 cms., or 11 inches. Euros 90.

ANTIQUE INDO/PERSIAN FLUTE VASE handcrafted in heavy brass and having delicate enamel floral designs for the complete length from top opening to round base. Late 19th century. Reference 2994. Height 35 cms., or 14 inches. Euros 100.

ANTIQUE BRASS SERVING PLATTER FROM FES. The workmanship of this large platter is exceptional and all hand beaten. The centre is dominated by the Star of Mohammed surrounded by intricate forms. The ring of holes around the inner edge is most unusual as are the scalloped outer edges, each of which is embellished with a flower. Masterful workmanship. A useful and stylish addition to interior decor. Reference 2998. Diameter 38 cms., or 15 inches. Euros 110

LATE 19TH CENTURY BRASS SERVING PLATTER with delicate and intricate hand beaten designs. Trays of this type were made by craftsmen in Fes and used throughout Morocco. It is a tribute to their quality and craftmanship that they survive today. They make stylish, and useful, contributions to our modern kitchen decor as a reminder of the past. Reference 2997. Diameter 39 cms., or 19 inches. Euros 85.

VINTAGE CAIRENE TABLE TOP. Intricate yet heavy trays such as this were hand crafted and beaten in Cairo during the first half of the 20th century. They served as circular tops for small tables and were used in stylish homes and restaurants for the service of traditional small glasses of tea and coffee. They make intruiging side tables, platters and wall hangings today in our interior design schemes. Reference 2996. Diameter 59 cms., or 24 inches. Euros 250.