Country: Bahrain

Includes the swords, daggers and traditional coffee pots.

The Arabs have been famous since pre-Islamic times for the great attention they pay to arms, military equipment and horsemanship. The poetry and sonnets of their laureates are abundant with the recitation of the knowledge, extolling the virtues of their tribe, the heroism of their fighters and their tactical maneuvers. The sword is often mentioned in poems which record acts of heroism. The stronger and more opulent the tribe. the more it is capable of attracting the best of the artisans in the decoration of the sheath of swords and daggers. The scabbards of their swords are studded with metals and precious stones in order to flaunt the opulence and strength of the tribe to which its bearer belongs.

The best varieties of the swords are the superior ones which can cut the other swords in two half. When a sword acquires characteristics of strength and workmanship, a proud owner sometimes gives the sword a proper name. Arabian swords have acquired their well-deserved reputation thanks to the perfection of the blade workmanship which is known by the name of “Al–Jawhar”, or the essence. The term is used to indicate the type of overlapping and contrasting types of lines on the blade as a result of rigorous control of the metal alloy smelting temperature. The daggers have retained their existing shape and form since the times of the ancient civilizations and are used both in defence and assault. With the expansion of the geographical area of the Islamic empire, many of these weapons acquired some aesthetic values and attraction as they are worn on a special occasion and military parades.

In Muharraq, certain families, such as “Al–Sayigh” and Al–Mubarak are still practising dagger and sword making, a legacy that the sons have inherited from their grandfathers and which they are anxious to preserve for a century.

Dallah (coffee pot) making is one of the traditional folkloric industries in Bahrain. People did rely on them as vessels for brewing and serving coffee and hence the coffee pot dominated the fronts of saloons and homes. decorates them with its beautiful form and shape considering the special place it has acquired in the heart of the Arabs who are famous for their generous reception and hospitality. The Dallah has been and still is the favoured vessel for pouring and serving coffee for guests. Any guest who declines to have a cup of time is tantamount to asking the host a request that he cannot possibly carry out. Arabian coffee dallas are made of silver, bronze or copper or an alloy of the three metals combined. They are made in different shapes. The Dallah is characterized by its crescent spout hanging out of its hulk as bird’s beak, its round body and its funnel-shaped top.