Glad to introduce you to classy,
artful and unique exotic ceramic fountains!
Some are composed of two levels separated by a kind of plate, the larger one being lower for more balance,
with a dome on top.
Each fountain is delivered in easy-to-assemble parts.
The decor is often composed of blue and green color flowers as a reminder to water irrigating them, in addition to birds drinking from it. Others are decorated with a profusion of Artful flowers in bright yellow, green, with black seeds, on a three-tier ceramic fountain.
Some customers used the fountain mosaic to create a custom outdoor wall fountain. They simply found it gorgeous! Ideally fountains are placed in gardens, but several people found it very nice to fix them in their bathrooms or even kitchens close to the sinks, as ceramic wall murals! Why not ?
As previously mentioned that almost every item has a story behind it, we will briefly focus on the interesting history of fountains in Tunisia since Roman age.
The antique sébil or sabil (fountain) differed from the modern one only by the purity of its architecture. The plan remained the same. It is a rotunda raised of a few steps and pierced with large bays enclosed by bronze grates.
In the thickness of each span, a basin is placed at the height of the support regularly filled with water or fed by the net of a fountain. Copper cups are attached to them by chains so that passers-by can come to quench it. Most mosques have their sébil. Ohers are pious foundations.
All were adorned with a perfect taste and often an unbelievable luxury. Generally, the sébil is clad in mosaics and tiled earthenware. A small mihrab sometimes indicates the direction of Mecca for the prayers.
Located at the door of the Sahara desert, Tunisia has always had scarce hydraulic resources. Thus it was common to find public fountains in the neighborhood to provide drinking water to the population. Some bring their own buckets and cans to collect water, others use pay a “Garbaji” or carrier to bring water to their homes on donkeys.
With the improvement of the water supply network, most of these fountains do not exist anymore except in remote areas. But they remained in the memory of the people who previously used it.
They are mainly used now in gardens as a decor or also to drink in private homes.
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