Teste di moro

Home furnishings Cotton 100%


Description by the artist

What better element  than the Moor’s Heads to represent Sicily?  The colors are just the Sicilian ones: bright, warm, joyful. A perfect trio in printed fabric, consisting of breakfast placemats, potholders with fascinating design and finally, the most enchanting piece: the pillow with special finishes, which would warm any room.
Size in cm’s:
– Pillow 42×42
– Potholders 16×16
– Breakfast placemats 44×30 

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Materials: Cotton 100%
Handcrafted in Sicily

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The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Moor’s Heads are a classic representation of artistic Sicily. The Moors bring us back to the Arab domination in Sicily (IX-XI century). The Muslim period lasted almost two centuries but it is the one that has left the biggest imprint, probably, in the rich history of Sicily. Not so much in the monuments (very few) but in the daily life, in the etymology of many words, in the dialect, in the uses and customs. Moors are typical figures which come into play very often in Sicilian culture as for example in the Opera the Puppets or in the legend of the Moor’s heads. They tell of a legend in which a beautiful Sicilian fell in love with an Arab at the time that they reigned in Sicily (IX-XI century), being betrayed by the Moor, she beheaded him in his sleep and hung his head, as if it were a vase, on the balcony, also adorning it with a fragrant basil plant that aroused the admiration of unsuspecting  bystanders. In a certain sense, the Arabs have never left Sicily.

(photo) A Sicilian in her garden, early 1900

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