Category: Export Lab

Olive Art-Plus: High quality Olive wood

Olive Art Plus, based in Sfax, transforms natural repurposed olive wood into high quality unique pieces of olive art for both the table and uniquely artesian decorations. Best sellers domestically and now internationally, include salad bowls; fruit trays; cutting boards and modestly priced hand crafted salad tossing spoon/fork sets.

Rare craftmanship preserved and promoted by the Olive Art enterprise, celebrate both innate Tunisian cultural talent and development of sustainable environmentally “friendly” craft work. Friendly, efficient and warm customer service is as important as maintaining first class artesian quality.

AmCham’s Export Lab project helped create the Olive Art success story. “One on one” coaching engaged both local consultants international experts. An action oriented strategy resulted in Olive Art’s first of many United States sales – attracting a well-known distributor of high end household items. Now with Miami, Florida and British based sales platforms, Olive Art’s products benefit from an international and profitable distribution channel.

Olive Art’s future is bright. Export Lab’s expertise and Olive Art’s diligence now feature Tunisian craftsmanship at its best in international fairs and food shows. New York Now, Atlanta Fair, Tokyo Fair, Ambiente represent only a few of Olive Art’s new highly visible promotional partners – prompting global access to one small but exciting outcome of Tunisian artisan excellence.

KATIA SAYARI: Export Lab Success story

KATIA SAYARI is specialized in Glassware and Glass Decoration. She is based in Tunis with a workshop in the artisanal village of Denden since 2002. Her showroom in Denden is a picture of her artistic expression. Glass is displayed in all its splendour and panoply of forms and patterns.

Her inspiration comes from nature and Tunisia, and this is reflected in her creations. The artistic touch of Katia, her mastery of a rare and exceptional know-how, her creation and her ability to move with market trends has helped her develop a presence in both the local and international markets. She joined Amcham’s Export Lab program in February 2018, and benefited from assistance and coaching. 

The Export Lab offered Katia the opportunity to export her products to difficult-to-access markets such as the United States and Japan. She has been successful supplying several deliveries to the United States while satisfying her customers and she is working on strengthening her partnership with her Japanese customers. Ambitious and determined, Katia still intends to expand the business by investing in new ranges and collections.