The miniature Arab Dhow, made in teak wood

A small piece of a long history; a model of  wooden cargo vessels that dominated the Indian Ocean until 15th century. The miniature Arab Dhow is hand crafted in teak wood and it is a premium gift among businesses and ministries in the Middle East.

Traditional wooden boat models
Oman model Kotiya

Arab Dhow 

Dhow is the large wooden sailing vessels; and it is used as trading vessels across continents. Even though it is considered as an Arab dhow it is believed to be an Indian boat. The wood – Teak used is from Indian forests and the craftsmen are mostly Indians. It was the availability of good quality wood made Arab traders think of the opportunity to make wooden ships from Beypore, Kerala. Eventually Beypore became a hub for making wooden Dhow.

In ancient times it has connected many continents and spread the culture across borders of different countries. It carried the goods to and fro mainly from Middle East countries. In Malayam it is called by names like “Uru” and “Pathemari”. We can call it as a commercial vessel because it was mainly used for fishing and trading. The wooden ships were even used in pearl harvesting in ancient times, and thus it has many stories to tell of times, trades people and different shores.

Now the large size dhows are a luxury sailing vessel, very few of them are made nowadays in Kerala, it is interesting to watch the construction because “it is craftsmanship at it’s best”. Precision, design, finishing, size everything has prime importance and the performance of the vessel in the deep sea is the final parameter to give it full marks.

Model Dhow

We create model dhows so that the memory of the glorious past is kept alive; it is a premium decor and gift product. The entire process of dhow making is monitored with precision from selecting the wood. The wood used to make miniature Arab dhow is Nilambur teak wood, one of the best quality teak wood available now.

The process is not about making some shapes, our wooden ship models are unique and it has the characters of the original dhow. The design  is analysed and transformed so that features that can add to the miniatures are explained well. Then it is explained to the craftsmen and wood logs are selected for the construction. The selected wood pieces are then tested to avoid cracking during the making process. Craftpair is collaborated with Jibin and a team of highly skilled craftsmen from Kozhikkode to produce this unique craft. We monitor entire activities from wood selection to finishing and we make the best miniature Dhow in teak wood.

Three are three main categories according to the size :- small ( 3 – 5 inches) medium (6,8,10 & 12 inches) and large (18,24,30 & 38 inches). And it is produced on made to order basis. Along with this there are framed Dhow models in this half or portions of Dhow placed on a frame with glass covering; this is widely used as mementos.


Traditional Arab boat models




Boom is a popular dhow and the models are beautiful. The first step is to make the base portion for the smaller models, it is made by shaping solid wood models. Once the body portion is ready for the entire lot the masts are made and fixed. Next is polishing and once it is polished and ready stitched sails will be attached and the ropes are tightened.

Model of Arabian Dhow - Boom
Small (4 inch) Kuwait Boom

Wooden base of small Arabian Dhow


Dhow small or large is the center of attraction in malls, shops and resorts. It adds a statement for the place, even the dull corners gets a character when dhows are kept.

Large Dhow

Large Dhow is a crowd puller, people just hang around it like that each one is a master piece.


A big Arabian- Model Dhow


Frame work of a model Dhow

We make different types of miniature Arab Dhow namely :-

  • Boom
  • Sambouk
  • Kotiya
  • Jaliboot

We take custom orders as well; few of our clients have introduced specific dhow models. It is always fun and a challenge to work with the ones who fancy these products. Their crazy ideas sometimes turns to wonderful products.


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