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Story About Egyptian Wood Antiques

Wood has always been a highly-used, highly-versatile material throughout the history of Egypt. From the time when the pharaohs ruled the land until the modern Islamization, Egypt has a rich history of wood-working. That is reflected here at Swan Bazaar with our wide range of unique handmade wood products. From pharaonic-inspired furniture to antique replicas, we offer a variety of items inspired by ancient Egypt. At the same time, we also honor the modern Islamic arts with our arabesque-adorned furniture and decorative items.

Egypt has undergone a plethora of cultural and religious shifts throughout the millenniums. From the time of the pharaohs to the modern oriental Islamic era, Egypt’s identity has changed dramatically overtime. Each era of Egyptian history is unique in its art, traditions and culture. Here at Swan Bazaar we want to capture and showcase the beauty of each of these eras. Our exquisite storage boxes highlights each of these periods by borrowing from the traditional art style in a luxurious, ornate way.

You will find jewelry boxes made in the art style of traditional Arabesque. You will also find boxes ornamented with iconic pharaonic symbols, motifs and scenes. Egypt has undergone a plethora of cultural and religious shifts throughout the millenniums. From the time of the pharaohs to the modern oriental Islamic era, Egypt’s identity has changed dramatically overtime. Each era of Egyptian history is unique in its art, traditions and culture. Here at Swan Bazaar we want to capture and showcase the beauty of each of these eras. Our exquisite storage boxes highlights each of these periods by borrowing from the traditional art style in a luxurious, ornate way.

You will find jewelry boxes made in the art style of traditional Arabesque. You will also find boxes ornamented with iconic pharaonic symbols, motifs and scenes.

Each box is unique and has its own story. The arabesque style boxes highlight the ornate and complex beauty of this unique style of art. Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, culture and religion has evolved drastically. With the Islamization of Egypt, architecture and home decor has taken on a more oriental, geometric style. A notable period with exquisite ornate furnishings starts with the emergence of the Arabesque art style. 

The arabesque art style emerged in Arab countries but most notably in Egypt. Egyptian artists found inspiration in their natural surroundings. They used to depict natural elements on furniture and other items in geometrical shapes and patterns of circles, triangles, and squares to formulate floral or create patterns in an exquisite abstract way.

Arabesque art blossomed in the Abbasid period of the Islamic Empire. This was the golden age for Islamic art and science. With the translation of Iqleedes, who wrote about geometrical shapes and patterns that would become the foundation of arabesque art. Talented artists in the heart of medieval Cairo make handmade wood furniture using traditional oriental techniques. They design unique historically-inspired arabesque style tables and chairs with authentic materials.

Arabesque is one of the most authentic and charming styles even for modern Arab household. Arabesque furniture is ornate and elaborate. In spite of the popularity of modern, classic and contemporary styles, the oriental Arabesque style is a beloved and cherished art form celebrating Egypt’s rich heritage.

We offer a variety of storage boxes made with high-quality materials and keeping with the tradition of the beautiful arabesque style. Our boxes come in rectangular or hexagonal shapes. Our deluxe arabesque boxes are handmade with high-quality mahogany wood that is known for its smooth surface and rich burgundy color. The boxes are adorned with delicate artistic ornaments of the Arabesque art style. They are all meticulously hand-inlaid with rare precious mother of pearl to create these beautiful geometric shapes. Our talented artists work exclusively with natural materials to handcraft gorgeous yet durable pieces of furniture inspired by history and nature.

We also offer beautiful pharaonic-style furniture hand-carved from beautiful wood and adorned with precious materials. Our Ornate Royal Offering Scene Mahogany Table Inlaid with Mother of Pearl is one of the many stunning hand-carved pieces we have. Stunning ornate pharaonic table handcrafted with the finest material and carved out of lustrous mahogany wood and hand-inlaid with precious mother of pearl. The intricate marble-like, mosaic top depicts a royal ancient Egyptian scene where two laborers making offerings to King Osiris. They are asking for Osiris’ blessings and forgiveness.

The feather on the head of the first laborer symbolizes the purity of his heart as he is honest in his asking. The image is adorned with lotus flower, a traditional ancient Egyptian symbol of peace and love. The flowers are depicted alongside hieroglyphics spelling out Osiris. Also illustrated is a winged bird, a representation of the justice and balance associated with Osiris. Two additional historical depictions of offering rituals are depicted on the tabletop as well.

Nacre, Mother of pearl shell, is hand-inlaid on the table surface and its two sides. It enriches the table with a marble colorful effect. Mother of pearl shell is a natural kind of decoration that is extracted from the biomaterial that forms inside molluscan shells, as well as it makes up the outer coating of pearls. It has multiple uses in architecture, fashion, and music instruments. The natural Nacre tesserae are cut into small shapes then tinted with any color for decoration.

Tables in Ancient Egypt were low to the ground and usually made of wood, but some were made of stone or metal. Smaller tables with one leg were used for playing games or holding plates. Offering tables were used to offer food for the dead. These were usually made of stone and more ornate.

We have a wide variety of pharaonic and arabesque-inspired furniture, vases and sculptures all borrowing from the traditional art forms or ancient history. Adorn your home with one of our unique, historically-accurate wood item, all meticulously handmade by expert craftsmen and artists—all dedicated to creating art that celebrated Egypt’s rich and vibrant history, culture and heritage. All our products are handmade here in Egypt.