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Tilnar Art

Tilnar Art

Telephone: Tom or Nicky on 01277 362815


Tilnar Art are a small team of people who do their utmost to give you the best. We try hard to ensure that you receive a product that is hand made, unique and profoundly different to others in the market place. Over the last 20 years Besmo and now Tilnar Art has revolutionised the perception of home accessories from Africa, or inspired by Africa, into one that can be mainstream without losing its place in today’s home.

When designing a product and eventually adding it to our collection we do our best to visualise it in the modern home. We never lose sight of the eventual consumer and the retailer. We travel thousands of miles every year to find you products that give you the edge and maintain our increasing number of artisans by providing them regular and sustainable trade.

All our products are hand-made and fairly traded. We check all our products for quality at source. Sizes, shapes and colours (of stone in particular) of our products may vary slightly because they are hand-made using natural materials.

Tilnar Art was formed in 2005 by Tom Hawes.  Tom gave up a career as a successful London Solicitor to form Tilnar Art as he wanted to help many of the artists he had met on his various trips to Zimbabwe.  Tilnar stands for ‘This Is Life Not A Rehearsal‘ and Tom passionately believes you should, where possible, work in areas that you are passionate about and enjoy.

From humble beginnings Tilnar Art has gone from strength to strength, adding the Besmo & MO-HOme brands to its offerings in 2009 and now Azeti Interiors in 2018.  Besmo was first formed in 1993 and was one of the main pillars of the Ethical Giftware Industry and was a perfect addition to Tilnar Art’s collection.

Today, Tilnar Art continues to expand and support more disadvantaged producers.

Tilnar Art is delighted to be the new home for Azeti Interiors. These new ranges to Tilnar Art will be shown at Spring Fair 2018 at the NEC Birmingham, 4-8 February 2018 Hall 4 Stand F01, along with many other new products throughout the collections.

Azeti’s signature range is a collection of recycled food safe aluminium bowls, platters and dishes that come in various colours, designs and sizes. They are Fair Trade and hand made by Indian artisans working in cooperatives.  The products are cast, then rough polished and enamelled before being beautifully finished with a smooth polish.  Every one of these items is individually made to the very highest quality with a hand finished colour enamel inside.

Each product also comes in a superb presentation box making a perfect gift.

Tom Hawes, Director of Tilnar Art is quoted as saying ‘We are all really excited here at Tilnar Art for 2018. Adding the Azeti Range to our collections is a natural progression for us as all of our products are Fair Trade and Handmade. We have also been able to lower the price points for the Azeti range making them a really attractive addition to any retailers stock.

We are particularly delighted with the range of Pattern aluminium bowls as this unique collection is now exclusive to Tilnar Art. Another outstanding feature is that this product could be turned into bespoke own brand products with images of your choice. This we feel is a really great selling point for many retailers for whom own branding is key.’

Upcoming Trade Shows

Harrogate Home & Gift – Harrogate -15-18 July 2018 – Hall Design Point Debut Stand D58
Autumn Fair – NEC Birmingham – 2-5 September 2018 – Hall 5 Stand F24
GLEE – NEC Birmingham – 10-12 September 2018 – Hall 6 Stand S80

TILNAR – This Is Life Not A Rehearsal – I thought before I bought

Please visit to view all the ranges and products. Or contact Tom or Nicky on 01277 362815 or



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