Traditional Hand Carved Moroccan Wood Front Door - Inlaid Bone, Berber Cross, Silver - Reclaimed Tamarisk Salt Cedar - Vintage
This heavy wood door was handmade in a family Cooperative in the southern Moroccan town of Zagora. Hand carved from the fragrant wood of the Tamarisk tree 100-200 years ago, this expertly crafted door has been refinished in the traditional ornate Moroccan style.
The carving is extensive, recreating traditional tattoo symbols of Berber women. Also included are shapes representing Islamic doors. Adding to the door's beauty is inlaid camel bone, floridly decorated using henna to permanently dye the bone in designs representing the ubiquitous Moroccan evil eye.
Handmade embossed Moroccan Berber Agadez Cross compasses are inlaid in the door, the top two featuring the letter Zed of the indigenous Moroccan Berber language, Tamazight, symbolizing the free man. The center section features four Moroccan brooches, as well as another large embossed Berber Cross. On the bottom of the door is an inlaid "Thousand Star" Milky Way compass. Shiny Moroccan silver rivets on the door are extensive, giving further protection from evil forces.
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 further visual excitement to this exquisite piece.
This item was completely handmade in a Tuareg cooperative in Zagora, 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. Absolutely stunning.