Palm Leaves craft is a very old manual work in Oman, a lot of people working in this field , the raw material is obtained from cutting the palm branches .The number of date palms in the Sultanate of Oman is estimated about seven million date palm trees, yielding annually big quantities of dates .
The dates is considered as one of the most important source for human food and for animal feed in Oman, moreover craftsmen make use of all parts of date palm ,its components and residues and exploited it to develop their products in line with the nature of each era, the palm leaves (fronds) and (Jerid) the trunk itself, as well as fiber and fronds all of these parts of the date palm have been modified as useful materials used in everyday life.
Palm leaves Products include :
Rugs (AL Hasar) made from AL ghaddhaf &Russl ) both are plants growing on the banks of the valleys where water is available , its branches are cut every four months and placed in the sun rays to dry, then wetted with water, hit by wooden hammer until softened. And put every two or three wood together and surrounded by some solid strong thread woven by Noel (Mstah) and well stretched so as not to slip for long use .The excess edges of the threads connected to form knot to prevent it from getting out of the sticks , the edges are cut so as to be even and valid for use the rugs is subjected to the sun heat before being transferred for sale and for easy carrying , and then decorated with different colors ,green , blue or red.
- Al_khasv or ( ) is used in date palm packing and other materials.
- AL Ghafeer is used in all crops and building construction purposes.
- Large baskets (Althijan form Thoj) used in transferring of dust, fertilizers, stones, palm crop, & coconuts, on donkey's back s.
- Medium Baskets (ALgafar , singular Gafeer) is used in transferring the agricultural crops of grains , dates, fruits and water roses .