Wood Jewelry Box handmade Khatam Art Persian Crafts
Khatam Kari revisits the past with a jewelry box with the grace and charisma of an antique. It is made of mixture of metals. These multicolored details surround delicately embossed images executed. The box opens to reveal a wooden-lined interior.
Khatam is an ancient Persian technique of inlaying. It is a version of marquetry where art forms are made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, bone and metal precisely-cut intricate geometric patterns. Moreover common materials used in the construction of inlaid articles are gold, silver, brass, aluminium.
Khatam Kari is defined as art of decorating the surface of objects with small equilateral triangles made of ivory, bone,wood and brass twisted wire which are laid side by side and result in a geometrical pattern. These triangles are put on the surface of inner, outer or both sides of wooden objects with the thickness of 2 centimeters.
Designing of inlaid articles is a highly elaborate process. Also there are sometimes more than 400 pieces per square inch in a work of average quality. In each cubic centimeter of inlaid work, up to approximately 250 pieces mixed of metal and different kinds of wood. They are glued together in stages, smoothed, oiled and polished.
In the Safavid era took on a special significance as artists created their precious artworks. Woods used include betel, walnut, cypress and pine.
Khatam masters use such a different original woods that rarely are used in other branches of art. These raw materials include: areca wood, walnut wood, orange wood, Jujube wood, camel bone, brass twisted wire, hot isinglass, cold isinglass, formaldehyde, fiber and varnishes and plywood .many objects can be decorated using Khatam including Picture frames, cigarette boxes, rod, pipe, makeup boxes, key rings, penholder and album cover.
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