Refined practical tableware accessories made with Olive Wood, to show off world-class cutlery through eye-catching lines.
Arte Legno company, for two generations, crafted by hand unique and unusual items with professionalism and passion . Skilled craftsmen mould with their experience and mastery the precious olive wood, creating pieces truly useful and unique in their daily lives. The Art Wood felt the need to enrich the new range as well as new materials such as ceramics and cloth. Hence the line "Olive", where pottery meet with fabric, evoking an atmosphere of high craftsmanship. We work with passion and we believe that just being able to pass on to their customers love for the craft object is the secret of their success.
8000 years ago, the olive tree was cultivated in the Middle East and the first cultivation were probably found in Syria or Crete. We know with certainty that the Egyptian and Minoan civilization considered olive oil as a product of vital importance , so that often serve as money exchange. The Phoenicians, later, spread this cultivation to all the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and South Europe. With the Greeks, the cultivation of olive trees became more numerous, although in the Homeric poems, the oil was used exclusively for cleaning and personal hygiene. Over time the olive tree, a gift of the goddess Minerva, became a symbol of peace. The winners of the Olympic Games, in fact, were crowned with branches of wild olive and ambassadors wore it in a crown. In the fifth century. B.C. the olive flourished already in Greece and in all the Aegean islands, and was transplanted here in Sicily and then in Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. The beginning of olive cultivation on Italian soil is attributable to at least 6-7 centuries before the Christian era.