I love the intricacy of Middle Eastern art. In the souqs there are many vendors, but most of the shops are either perfume shops or spice shops. Spices are sold from gigantic barrels. The perfume shops have rows of glass bottles and local people come in and design their own perfume. In Qatar, where we lived, the men steam their thobes in oud, which is a dense, divine oil. I suspect these wooden jars would store dry spices.