Hand-Carved Moroccan Wood Door - Inlaid Camel Bone Flower
This lovely wooden door was handmade in a family Cooperative in a southern Moroccan town near Zagora, Morocco. Hand carved from the fragrant wood of the Tamarisk tree harvested 100-200 years ago, this expertly crafted door has been refurbished in the traditional ornate Moroccan style.
This small door has been ornately hand-carved using traditional tools. At the top of the door are carved eyes, believed in Morocco to ward off the evil eye. Below this are three rows of half moons made from carved camel bone, followed by olive leaves made of camel bone. Additional designs in camel bone surround the center design of six flower petals that have been engraved and subtly dyed with henna.
Tamarisk wood, also known as salt cedar, is naturally pest repellent and ages beautifully. The variances in grain and staining create a beautiful contrast and add a rich warmth.
This item was completely handmade in a Tuareg cooperative in Amazraou, Morocco, using techniques passed down through many generations. This particular door is collaboration between a father, the silversmith; and his son, the carpenter. These are truly the finest doors you will find in all of Morocco, suitable for indoors and outdoors, or even for use as a gate door or for a cupboard. Absolutely stunning craftsmanship and one of a kind.