The Arabesque brings you a beautiful historically medieval themed home decor item reimagined from an artifact dating to 12th century Egypt. Between the 11th and 12th centuries, the Fatimids who ruled Egypt from their capital in Cairo produced beautiful wood carved panels which they used to decorate their pulpits, doors, homes, and palaces. This tray's design is inspired from a wooden panel carved with a beautiful arabesque design that most probably once belonged to a pulpit in the Amri Mosque in a city named Qus which was in lower Egypt. Qus was located on the Nile and one of the last stops for travellers crossing the desert to get to the coastal port city of Aydhab in order to cross the Red Sea and travel to Arabia. The rich woodwork here, which resembles similar designs in the al-Hakim mosque in Cairo, is very ornate, rich, and well executed. The stylized arabesque with leaves, vines, tendrils, and palmettes is almost geometrical in its composition.
This tray is a testimony to that beautiful work of art and the elegance of woodwork in the Fatimid period. It is midnight blue with a woodburned etched surface and gold oil paint decoration. The handles of this piece are vintage dating to the 1970's. It measures 12 x 16 x 0.8 inches (approx). It has been finished in polyurethane to protect its surface.Note: The picture featured in the listing here is a previously sold version of this tray. We will attempt to replicate the original as closely as we can, but there are subtle differences in the wood shape and our execution of the design. We guarantee that each product we remake is done with extensive care and attention to create the best and most beautiful product possible. We also wanted to let you know that we try and use repurposed vintage handles to add an additional historic beauty to our product and be environmentally conscious through recycling material. The variety of our handles are always changing so there might be a difference with the handles in your order, but again, we guarantee we will always put something that matches and is extraordinarily unique and beautiful. Please let us know if you'd like to see the chosen handles before we send it out to you.
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Yes. We can gift wrap your purchase for an additional $10.00 service charge. Your gift wrapping is guaranteed to be unique and one of a kind. We use a variety of paper, ribbon, and decorative embellishments to create a very elegant gift wrap. Just let us know in a note at checkout that you would like your gift wrapped and we will create a gift wrapping listing for you in order to bill you for the service.
We are committed to providing our customers with well thought of and exceptionally made custom and personalized orders. Scroll through our website and our custom products section to get an idea of what you'd like. Anything you see on our website can be reproduced in larger or smaller sizes. We can also make things in the colors that suit you. Contact us and we will get back to you with an idea and proofs that will give you a good idea about what your project will look like.
Yes. Wholesale ordering is available. If you need a certain item or design in wholesale quantity we will certainly do that for you with competitive pricing. Please contact us for further details.
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