The Unique, Hand Made Creations of the Tuareg People

April 08, 2021

The Unique, Hand Made Creations of the Tuareg People - Kanju Interiors

Discover the Vast History of the Nomadic Tuareg People and Their One of a Kind Creations.

Hand made by master artisans and traded as they travel the vast lands of Africa.

The term Tuareg is used to identify numerous diverse groups of people who share a common language and history. They primarilly inhabit the Sahara in a vast area that stretches from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Traditionally a nomadic people, small groups, or clans, of Tuareg are also found in northern Nigeria. 

Historically, the Tuareg moved southward from the Tafilalt region to the Sahel under their founding queen, Tin Hinan, who is thought to have lived between the 4th and 5th century. To this day, the matriarch's 1,500-year-old tomb is located in the Sahara at Abalessa in the Hoggar Mountains of southern Algeria. The Tuareg camel caravans were the primary method of trans-Saharan trade until the mid-20th century when trains and trucks took over. Many groups have slowed moved southward over the past 2,000 years in response to pressures from the north and the promise of more prosperous land in the south. Today, many Tuareg live in sedentary communities in the cities that border the Sahara that were once the great trade centers of western Africa. Still, to this day, the Tuareg are known for their impeccably crafted figures they primarily use for trade across the African continent. 

Authentic old carved wooden pulleys are used to pull a load of water out of the ground. Through years of use, the hard wood is petrified by a combination of water, soil sediment, and the elements to make the pulleys denser and stronger; making them just that much better at pulling water from the ground. Hand carved from hard, Iroko wood, each pulley is completely unique in style and size. The wood pulleys are still used today but some have been turned into décor pieces that are mounted on walls or shelves to fill the home with the warmth and history of the Tuareg people and culture. This means that these authentic pulleys are especially hard to find, which makes them even more special and unique pieces when you are able to get your hands on one. 

Noble, whimsical, and mysterious animals inhabit African landscapes and evoke storybook imaginings across the globe. Our collection of brass animal figures features metal cast animal statues from the African savanna. Hand crafted by the Tuareg people as their primary trade pieces, these figures are completely unique and hard to find. The nomadic nature of the Tuareg people means that it's nearly impossible to track where to find these one of a kind brass pieces making just that much more special and exciting when you are able to get your hands on one. Master craftsmen, inspired by the wildlife they see around them, create these animal statues by hand meaning each one is completely unique. Perfect to style alone or in a group, these pieces add a warmth to your space that is completely unmatched. 

To purchase one of our vintage Tuareg pieces is to become a part of the tribe's living history, of its treasured story, and of the opportunity it has provided across generations. This collection includes so much beauty and culture, each pieces is truly a timeless treasure within your home. 


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