Sardinian handicrafts, as we mentioned above, were made throughout the centuries for everyday use. They were created by the ancient creativity or by the popular imagination and have become the cultural heritage of well defined areas on the Island. What we have said above applies equally to the craftsmen who work in wood, metal and who make jewelry.
In the humble rural houses there was space for very little furniture. There was only the most essential and very simple furniture as one would expect from a poor rural traditional environment. There was one exception: the trunk. It was richly carved and had an essential place in the house. This trunk acted as the casket and "tabernacle" of the family because it held the bride’s outfit. The major or minor richness of the family could be seen in the trunk’s decorations. The mostly utilized wood was the chestnut, which was abundant in the woods in Barbagia. Sometimes walnut and oak were also used.
  Images of handicraft
Images of handicraft
  The central panel was originally smooth or very simply decorated.
The craftsmen who made these trunks also craved designs of geometrical or floral patterns or other patterns based on nature such as stylized birds and the sun. Among the best known areas for these trunks are Desulo, Aritzo, Santulussurgiu, Paulilatino and Isili. There are also some carvers in Cagliari, Buddusò and Sassari.
Among the other products, chairs deserve a special mention. The straw-bottomed chairs from Assemini are elegant and functional. They are made from white wood and decorated with red and green designs of the pomegranate. Pompous and Spanish in design are the chairs of Catalan origin, with their engraved red or blue or green and gold enameled backs.

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