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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 MOROCCAN COFFEE POT hand made with a mixture of copper and brass and having a design of twelve flowers on the sides. The pot was part of the kitchen ware in the Castillo de Bil Bil whch was built as an Arab Cultural Center on the sea front of the Andalucian town of Benalmadena from 1920 to 1927. It is an elegant piece. Reference 2988. Height 37 cms., or 15 inches. Euros 80.

ANTIQUE COPPER TRAY/PLATTER which is a very large size and would have served as a central food dish for a large family meal. It dates from the last half of the 19th century and the exceptional hand beaten design suggests a Persian origin. There are several depictions of the leaf design known as the "Boteh" which originated in India in the 17th century and is widely used in Persian and Kashmiri artifacts and textiles. Reference 2999. Diameter 78 cms., or 31 inches. Euros 220.

MOROCCAN CERAMIC BOWL This antique container was used to store finely ground powders which Berber women use as fragrances. Its impeccable condition suggests it was used sparingly. Ceramic bowls are an important part of Berber life and many have one particular function which is often indicated by the shape. The text book "Splendeurs du Maroc" published by Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale in 1998 has very detailed information on this type of work. Reference 2591. Size 15cms. 6ins. high. Euros 85.

MOROCCAN COPPER ARTIFACT. A late 19th century hand made small copper pot complete with handle and was probably the work of Jewish craftsmen in Marrakech. See `Splendeurs du Maroc` - Musee Royal de l`Afrique Centrale 1998 page 42. Reference 2043. Size approx.14cms, 6ins, high. Euros 85.

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

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.

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.

ANTIQUE TURKISH CERAMIC TILES from Western Anatolia, early 1900s. The designs are very fine and intricate. They were probably part of the border of a much larger panel and now form a fascinating panel for display or framing. Reference 3150. Size 15 cms., or 6 inches square each. Euros 44 the pair.

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.

ANTIQUE TURKISH CERAMIC TILES which are from the master cermacist, Azim Cini, and his "Fabrika" in Western Anatolia, circa 1930s. The design is unusual and it is probable that these two tiles were part of a much larger panel. The colours and execution are typical Kutahya work. The design has been inspired by a 17th century drawing of a lily flowere cut through the centre and which was used in carpet design in Persia It was created by Shah Abbass and is still used today. Reference 3151. Size - 15 cms., or 6 inches square each. Euros 44 the pair.

ANTIQUE CERAMIC TURKISH TILES - a large panel consisting of 192 individual tiles and measuring 4.8 x 1.6 metres or 15ft. 9ins. x 5ft. 3ins. These were hand made in the studio of Master Cermacist Azim Cini in the Fabrika in the small town of Kutahya in Western Turkey, circa 1940. Reference 3056. Euros 3,800.