Although still authentically African, the Zanzibar style of carving is a style of its own, as it is specific to the island part of Africa. It emerged as a result of Arab and Indian influences on the African style, defining a new style in its own right – Zanzibar.
Whether carved pieces of furniture or decorative carvings, the Zanzibar style is always flat, 2D, and often the objects are composed of several pieces of worked wood. Pieces that are then joined together to form large objects or objects that have a regular, repetitive and symmetrical appearance.
The objects are created with a different kind of craftsmanship, also painstakingly crafted, but the details are linked to abstract shapes and traditional African tribal symbols.
It is certainly a different style of carving that speaks to African art and culture, much more cryptic, but just as valuable and important.