Handmade Ethiopian Furniture
St. George offers a wide variety of furniture designed by Saba Alene, owner of St. George Gallery. Each piece of furniture is handcrafted at the Gallery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by skilled artisans under the direct supervision of Saba Alene. This designer furniture has African elements but it is also distinctly Ethiopian.
This hard-wood furniture incorporates traditional Ethiopian symbols and motifs and features both hand-carved elements and/or painted scenes from traditional stories and themes. Another distinctive feature of Saba’s contemporary furniture is the beautiful leather used on many pieces.
The larger piece of furniture designed by Saba Alene and manufactured at St. George include sofa sets, dining tables, various chairs, chests, coffee and side tables, mirrors, and bedroom sets. Smaller items include decorative boxes, book cradles, and framed jewelry and framed Ethiopian hand crosses and neck crosses.
Items designed by Saba Alene are identified by a small Ethiopian Silver stylization of her initials in her native language of Amharic.
There are three main furniture groups: the Endaye Group includes furniture made of hand carved wood designs and either light or dark brown hand-rubbed leather; the Selam group includes hand carved wood designs combined with traditional Ethiopian paintings or scenes; and the third group includes various mixed designs.
“Our feature personality this week is a pioneer in Addis Ababa art scene who has played a significant role in the promotion of Ethiopian art and artists and is an accomplished artisan in her own right.” - Addis Tribune
“Through her [Saba Alene] creative work she managed to incorporate Ethiopia’s traditional historical and religious art in modern furniture designs.” - The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Special Gold Medal Award Certificate