The Nabatean Collection
Celebrates one of the most spectacular human civilisations – the Kingdom of Nabatea.
Comprising of pieces crafted by Malaysian mahogany , Kayu Khaya, the red rose pieces resemble the shadows and silhouette of the architecture of it’s capital, the lost city of Petra . Once a Kingdom that flourished & thrived through trade , it was among the earliest international hubs in the history of humankind.
THE TREASURY model
The Treasury or The Al-Khazneh is one of the most elaborate temples in Petra . Cut from a rock face, it was first believed to have been the mausoleum of the Nabataean King, Aretas IV .
It seems no work of Man’s creative hand ,
By labour wrought as wavering fancy planned ;
But from the rock as if by magic grown,
Eternal , silent , beautiful, alone !
Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
Wehre erst Athena held her rites divine;
Not saintly-grey , like many minister fane.
That crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;
But red-rose as if the blush of dawn,
That first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
Which Man deemed old two thousand years ago,
Match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,
A rose-red city half as old as time .
– by PETRA John William Burgon –