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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 TILES - a pair from the famous workshop of Azim Cini in the town of Kutahya in western Turkey, early 20th century. Reference 3001. Size, 17 cms., or 7 inches across. Euros 20 each.

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.