Pottery Craft in Nabeul: Between Tradition and Creativity

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Nabeul stands out as a major artisanal center, where expertise is expressed through pottery, ceramics, embroidery, perfume distillation, and mat weaving.

The ancient tradition of pottery and ceramics in Tunisia has its roots in Nabeul. Two distinct types of pottery emerge there: raw porous pottery, known as ‘chawat,’ and polychrome glazed ceramics. Currently, the art of ceramics is experiencing a remarkable revival. Approximately 2000 artisans holding specialized professional cards in pottery showcase their talent, with Nabeul hosting 600 workshops and 70 companies dedicated to the export of pottery.

From the classic “halleb” (water jug) to small bowls for serving olives, “salade méchouia,” “ommék hourya,” or other dishes according to preferences, including “tebsis” (traditional shallow plates perfect for couscous), the varied choice of items, colors, and patterns offers an infinite palette. Your kitchen will be enriched with an oriental touch, adding a distinct charm.

Each predominant color used in the creation of pottery carries a particular meaning:

  • Blue, symbolizing the sky and the sea.
  • Green, representing hope and Islam.
  • Yellow, evoking the sun and the desert.
  • White, associated with purity.

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