Known as the Wood of Kings, Ebony has been used for Millenia as the material of choice for the most noble crafts. From the royal caskets of the Ancient Egypt’s to the cyphers of the Indian royalty, Ebony is and always has been the regal wood of choice.
Botanical Name: Dalbergia melanoxylon
Origin: Central Africa
Color: Heartwood is a gorgeous dark brown ( mocha / umber / russet) and black. This sapwood is a light brown ( macaroon)
Weight: One of the heaviest and densest woods known to man; So much so, that it sinks in water!
Click Experience: Soothing and Meditative. When using a Tasbih with this material one will notice a slightly audible click that is sharp yet slightly subdued.
Camel Ivory is an eco-friendly alternative to elephant tusk. It is ethically (and Halal) sourced. Its weight and sheen give this set a very luxurious feel. One of our most popular materials, the purity of these gorgeous white beads will remind you to always stay pure at heart.
Origin: Sahara Desert (Sudan and Egypt)
Color: White / Cream / Alabaster / Chiffon
Weight: Very heavy and dense; A markedly non-porous material that is extremely hard and durable.
Click Experience: Distinct. Reminiscent of the gentle chimes of a string of pearls.
Coquille is a type of large nutshell. It is one of the most popular Islamic prayer bead materials due to its beautiful glossy appearance and unbreakable durability.
Until about 10 years it was thought only to be available in West Africa (in very limited quantities) and was extremely expensive. Thankfully the men of our craft have recently sourced it from South America and the cost has become much more reasonable (and environmentally sustainable) .
One of the beautiful things about unstained Coquille nut is that it darkens with use and grows all the more beautiful.
It's also known for its beautifully distinct clicking sound that some find to be very soothing.
Botanical Name: Attalea funifera
Origin: West Africa and South America
Color: Unstained coquilla nut is a shiny light brown ( tawny / russet) that darkens with use to a luminous dark brown ( mocha / walnut).
Weight: Relatively heavy yet lighter than bone.
Click Experience: Sharp and Calming. When using Islamic prayer beads made with this material one will notice a quite sharp click that will grow increasingly relaxing and calming as one uses it for their daily practice.
Many African scholars find the resonance of this material to be particularly effective in helping to keep focus during Zikr.
The Olive tree is considered by the Islamic tradition to be a tree of great blessing and spiritual symbolism.
The Quran calls it the ‘blessed tree’ and one that is in a sense otherworldly "neither of the East nor of the West". In the verse of Light, seen as of the most central in the Holy Book, a parable is drawn regarding the Light of God in which the blessed olive tree is mentioned in terms that are venerating, to say the least [24:35].
The Holy Prophet ﷺ is reported to not only praise the blessed nature of the olive tree but also strongly encouraging his community to benefit from its healing properties [Tirmidhi: 1775].
There are other reports from prior nations that indicate that the Olive tree was the first form of life to appear after the Great Flood and that it first emerged in the Holy Land, spreading across the Mediterranean carrying the blessing of its first sprout across the region.
In some cultures, the olive tree is considered to be an ‘immortal tree’ because to its extreme longevity (100s of years) and due to the fact that when the trunk of the olive tree eventually disappears, new shoots develop at the base and a new tree grows in its place.
When you hold in your hand olive wood prayer beads, you are not only establishing a connection to a tradition of Divine remembrance, but also to a miraculous lineage of floral birth and rebirth leading back to the land of the Prophets and Sages.
It is befitting that an instrument that one treasure to be a means to fulfill one’s most blessed endeavor, the remembrance of one’s Lord, to be crafted from the most blessed tree known to man: the olive tree.
Color: Luminous Light Brown / Marigold / Dandelion
Weight: Lightweight and porous. Olive is the material of choice for users that love to rub essential oils or attar on their sets. This wood will absorb the scent and hold it acting as a natural essential oil diffuser.
Click Experience: Gentle and subtle.
Ram horn is one of those materials that must be witnessed in person to truly appreciate. Although the outer appearance of the horn seems rough and dull, the inside (which we use for our Tasbihs) is amazingly luminous and smooth.
This material represents strength, resilience, and determination.
Color: Ranging from bright yellow to jet black the Nubian ram horns alabaster-like marbling is absolutely gorgeous. No to sets are alike.
Weight: Ram horn is extremely strong but at the same time, and almost paradoxically, lightweight, serving as a constant reminder that being strong and independent doesn't correlate with a cold and heavy heart.
Click Experience: Peaceful and Subdued.
Bocote is world-famous for its gloriously curved grains. If you appreciate the natural aesthetics of exotic woods this will undoubtedly be your favorite.
Botanical Name: Cordia spp.
Origin: Central American, Mexico, and the West Indies.
Color: Intriguing Grains that are dark brown ( mocha / umber / russet) and Light brown ( tawny / russet).
Weight: Heavy and dense
Click Experience: Grounding.