The dhow is a traditional Arab wooden sailing boat with one or more triangular sails. It is made from different kind of hard woods, mainly rosewood, depending on the type and origin. It is typical for the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, India and East Africa.
Although the dhow can vary in size with a large version carrying up to thirty people, it usually would comfortably hold close to a dozen. For hundreds of years these boats have been used for trade and travel between the Persian Gulf and East Africa transporting goods. These days they are also used for fishing.


DHOW only uses wood from old dhows and local ngalawas which are already disused and recyclable. These boats are built with different woods such as teak and rosewood and sail at sea for an average of 40-50 years. Each piece is unique in color, style and size, each having its own story to tell.


The finishes can be chosen by you according to your taste, be it wax, natural oil or varnish. Our workshop in Zanzibar can also create personalised furniture and completely custom designs. The delivery of these however requires a few months. Catalogue furniture delivery time is approx. 6 weeks.