Khatam Office Stationary
Inlay on Wood Khatam
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Khatamkari or Inlay on Wood is one of the Persian arts of Marquetry. A Khatamkar, is an artist who does the khatamkari, decorates the surface of wooden or metallic articles with pieces of wood, bone and metal cut in a variety of shapes and designs. Hence, they use gold, silver, brass, aluminum and twisted wire to make this beautiful craft. Smaller pieces result in a higher value of the artwork. Marquetry designing is highly elaborated. Moreover, They inlay up to about 250 pieces of metal, bone, ivory and wood side by side In each cubic centimeter of khatamkari.
Khatamkari is an old art in Iran. In Safavid era the artists applied it on doors, windows, mirror frames, Quran boxes, pen and penholders, lanterns and tombs. For example, the ornamentation of the doors of holy places predominantly consists of inlaid motifs.
In Safavid era, khatamkari was so popular in the monarchy court. Even the princes learned this technique alongside the art of music or painting. In the 18th and 19th centuries, khatamkari declined. In 20th century, Reza Shah, stimulated it with the creation of art schools in Isfahan, Shiraz and Tehran. Khatamkari is part of Iran’s artistic heritage. Again, official support can help preserve this heritage for future generations. In addition, Khatamkari exists for more than 700 years in Iran. Not only practicing in Isfahan, Shiraz and Tehran, but also the new generation of Khatamkars have brought up great innovations.
This art includes incrustation patterns (generally star-shaped), with thin sticks of wood (ebony, teak, ziziphus, orange, …), brass and camel bones. They use Ivory, gold or silver for collection objects.Then, they assemble them in triangular beams and glued in a strict order to create a geometrical motif such as a six-branch star included in a hexagon. Read more in art of Khatamkari
|Dimensions||50 × 50 × 10 cm|
What is Khatamkari
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