ONCE UPON A TIME
Legend has it that around the year 1100, when Sicily was under the dominion of the Moors, in Kalsa, the Arab quarter of Palermo, there lived a beautiful girl who spent her days tending to the plants on her balcony.
One day, a young moor who was passing by saw her and was so taken with her that he instantly declared his love and offered her his heart.
Taken aback by such passion, the young woman did the same, promising him faith and adoration.
Soon, though, she discovered that he would soon desert her to return to his land in the East, where a wife and children awaited him.
Desperate and in the grip of a crazed fury, she waited for night to fall and as soon as he had closed his beautiful eyes, she killed him and cut off his head, making it into a vase which she put on display on her balcony, planted with basil.
Watered every day with the girl’s tears, the basil thrived, arousing the envy of all the inhabitants of the neighbourhood who began having vases in the shape of moors’ heads made for themselves too.
In the realization of our Caltagirone ceramics, feelings of love and passion, skilfully transformed into unique products dedicated to interior design, are more alive than ever.