Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 18:21
The Ethnographic Museum of Berat is inside a traditional house, which dates back to the end of 18th century CE. The house of the Xhokaxhi family is composed of two floors, using stone as the construction material for the first floor and wood for the second floor. The most attractive part of the house is the “garret”, which is noted for its high architectural value. The house is a real complex indeed, where all the elements, such as the garden and the museum complex of the other houses around are witness to a rich ethnographic culture. In the interior setting of the museum, there are 1000 objects on display that belong to the region of Berat. The first floor is organized as a medieval bazaar with many objects and crafts. What catches your eyes are clothes for both men and women with filigree. Other objects include various items of decoration like copper works. On the first floor, it is on display the equipment for olive oil processing, as well as equipment for making other drinks, the pottery and the smithy. On the second floor, the most interesting parts are the “garret” and the living quarters equipped with many ethnographic objects and valuables. One of theism is the guestroom, which has a separate area where the women used to stay. Other objects include the chimney, the sofas around the room, one hanging gun and a 100-year old flag. Next to the guest room is the kitchen, equipped with all cooking tools. On the second floor there are also two other rooms, the “country room” and “loom room“. These two rooms depict the ambience of working and living. In the “loom room” you may see all the tools for wool and cotton processing. Carpets and rugs are also on display.