Pottery Salt & Pepper Shakers – Bulgarian Troyan Redware Pottery – Peacock’s Eye Pattern – Vintage 1960s
A beautiful & genuine vintage pair of Salt & Pepper Shakers that was brought back from Bulgaria in the 1960s.
The design is called “Peacock” or “Peacock Eye”. It has a ripple or butterfly like design and glazed with the colors. They were made by hand – thrown, painted and glazed by local crafts people. Troyan pottery is reddish / brown in color because of the red clay of the region and is often called Redware.
They measure 4″ tall.
Pieces made today run much higher (often double) than these beautiful vintage pieces.
We may still have addition pieces of this beautiful Bulgarian Troyan Pottery available.
About Troyan Pottery
Pottery is one of the oldest crafts in Bulgaria. Remnants have been found dating back 3000 years to the Thracians.
This pottery comes from Troyan, a town with 25,000 inhabitants located at the foothills of the Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountain range 160 kilometers (100 miles) north east of Bulgaria”s capital, Sofia. Toryan was founded in 1868 and quickly developed as regional crafts center where pottery was a main source of income for local craftspeople.
Troyan pottery is considered the true Bulgarian pottery. The Troyan style began to evolve in the 19th century based on Thracian and Slavic designs. It is unique due to the red color of clay from the region and the design. Traditionally the pottery was painted by the village women, each woman having her signature design. They applied yellow, brown and green paint with a bull”s horns and feathers to achieve a peacock or butterfly like design or smeared paint with their fingertips to achieve a teardrop like effect.