Tuareg Tamegroute Candlesticks
Tamegroute, a small village located in the Draa River valley in southern Morocco, is renowned for producing these unique handcrafted pieces in the time-honoured tradition of their ancestors.
The distinguishing characteristics of Tamegroute ceramics is the glaze intensity and colour, consisting of 80% manganese, 19% silicon and 1% copper. The 1% copper together with the clay out of the Draa river-bed is exactly what forms the characteristic green colour. In some cases, the copper is replaced with iron oxide to produce more of a brown/olive coloured result.
All pieces are fired underground over a period of days with the oven reaches a maximum temperature of 1200 degrees Celsius. A rule amongst potters says that the higher the temperature, the more durable the pottery will be.