In a world more and more driven by technology and innovation, there is still who takes pride in keeping alive and preserve the ancient woodworking techniques and craftsmanship tradition. Spain itself has made of its fine craftsmanship, which is the result of its rich cultural heritage, a constant of its history; it has also played an important role in shaping the identity and traditions of the country.
This is so true, that over the centuries attractive woodcraft works have made the fame of important production sites, such as Granada, the capital of the Islamic realm in southern Iberia during the Late Middle Ages. Nowadays, there are only a few workshops left that can master these ancient arts, and one of them is ARTESANIA MOLERO, an artisan family-based company that was founded in 1888.
Now in its fourth generation, which is represented by Jesús Molero Sabador, the company is still faithful to its original, traditional crafts and founding values. Its line of furniture, which includes cabinets, tables, sideboards, headboards, mirrors, chairs, screens etc., is produced using the ancient handcraft techniques, specifically the taracea, the marquetry and the engraving technique with the burin. All the pieces are authentic masterpieces suitable for the most exclusive interiors; their production requires expertise, great skills and a lot of passion…
Introduced into Spain by the Muslims, the taracea work consists of inlaying wood with bones, ivory or different combinations of woods in order to form borders, geometric patterns or straight lines. In the manufacturing of pieces, ARTESANIA MOLERO still follows the traditional working methods and uses fine wood (ebony, rosewood, sycamore, walnut wood) which are inlaid with other precious materials, bones and mother-of-pearl, mainly.
Encrusted inlays and engravings are all handmade by using a burin, a special sharp steel pencil that allows to create original in-house designed patterns as well as bespoke works.
Marquetry involves the precision cutting of veneers to create the precious bargueños that are the trademark of the firm. In styles as fine as the Andalusian version of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, the bargueños are precious antique wooden cabinet with marquetry and inlaid ornaments that has many small drawers, compartments and shelves. They are used in interior decoration where grand style is required or just to complement a classic décor. One of their most iconic pieces is the ALHAMBRA bargueño (cabinet), inspired by the colours and baseboards of the Nasrid palaces.
At the end of the manufacturing process, pieces are varnished to protect them and give them a special, unique silk touch effect.
Among new launches, ARTESANIA MOLERO presents a unique majlis made of panels decorated with attractive arabesque motifs and complemented by a set of matching side and coffee tables; a new screen with horseshoe arches and marquetry inlays; various tables in different sizes and with different decorative patterns; a console with matching mirror with tarazea inlays and precious decorative details inspired by the Nasrid architecture; new types of bargueños as well as made-to-measure spectacular pieces for mansions and mosques in Islamic countries.
The company, which has been recognized with several awards, has supplied a large number of its masterpieces to various mansions and palaces all over the world, particularly in the Middle East. Their high-end furniture, decorative panels and doors grace the palaces of the royal families in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco as well as the embassies and official institutions of many other Islamic countries.
In Spain, ARTESANIA MOLERO currently works on the refurbishment of important religious and historical buildings, such as new churches and the restoration of baroque and typical Andalusian palaces. They also supply furniture for historical films and series.
In 2014, its long-established work in the field of handmade woodworking has been recognized with the renowned Premio Nacional de Artesanía 2014 (National Handcraft Award) given by the Spanish Ministry of Industry.
For more info: www.artesaniamolero.com