These magnificent artefacts were painstakingly hewn from single slabs of African hardwood, using only primitive axes, adzes and chisels. Many different timbers were used : Pod Mahogany; Bloodwood; White Syringa; African Ebony; Mukwa (Kiaat); various Acacias, Leadwood and Mopane – to name but a few.
The doors in THE ZAMBEZI COLLECTION are estimated to date back to the early 20th century. There was never a village door maker. Each family made their own door, which accounts for the wide variety of carved designs and levels of skill in their execution.
The method the doors operate dates back to ancient times. It is both simple and highly effective.
Restored or un-restored? There are two schools of thought. There are those who think the doors shouldn’t be touched – not even washed. Then there are those who feel the doors should be cleaned; lightly sanded and – if there were traces of original colour – this should be sensitively enhanced, in a way that does not alter the integrity of the door. Would the tribesman be happy with the result? If the door was created from one of the more spectacularly grained hardwoods, there is an argument for taking it back to how it looked in the beginning, with that rich, well-seasoned wood on full, well-oiled display. Who is right? The buyer, that’s always who! THE ZAMBEZI COLLECTION comprises both categories, thereby ensuring there are doors to suit all tastes. Whether one is discussing antique furniture, classic cars, or tribal hut doors, the ‘restore or don’t restore’ debate is likely to carry on ad infinitum.
Doors in THE ZAMBEZI COLLECTION are all supplied with a wall-hanging device attached to their back faces. Simply hang it on the wall as you would a painting – singly, or in a cluster, up-lit or down-lit. Wonderful conversation pieces, they look great in the home, the office, hotels, restaurants and game lodges.