This is one of the most mis-represented words in the antique business! When you Google or search on the term in ANY site (includeing this one) most times you will get hand crafted NEW items. - Go ahead - try it!
an artist of a preliterate culture.
a naive or unschooled artist.
an artist belonging to the early stage in the development of a style.
a work of art by a primitive artist.
"In the decorating world, the definition is a bit more subtle but retains the flavor of the formal definition. First of all, a primitive piece of furniture or décor is handmade. Secondly, a person without formal training or craftsmanship made it. Third, most often, a primitive item is utilitarian: furniture, dishware, tools, and cooking items are all considered primitive. And lastly, a primitive item is old—generally, old enough to qualify as an antique. It’s the combination of age, lack of pretense, and practical purpose that gives a primitive item, whether furniture or some other household good, its well-worn, simple appearance, NOT intentional design. Primitive is not a style; it’s more a description of age and production method."