Khatam kari Persian Marquetry

Marquetry – Khatam kari ,

What is khatam Kari?

 Khatam means “complete”, or “thorough”, and Khatam-Kari , “complete work” , and refers to a thorough and complete covering of a surface with incrustation geometric patterns made of wood (ebony, teak, Ziziphus, orange, rose), brass (for golden parts), camel bones (white parts). Ivory, gold or silver are also used for high-quality, luxurious objects. Narrow and delicate outlines of a design pattern are assembled in triangular beams made of ivory, assembled and glued in a strict order to create a cylindrical work surface. The size and geometrical designs know various types of inlaid articles and their quality. Smaller pieces result in a higher value of the artwork.

Persian Khatamkari wood works
Persian Khatamkari wood works Marquetry

Use of Khatam Kari inlay marquetry

The tranche can also be softened by heating to wrap around objects. Many objects can be decorated in this fashion, including:
• jewelry boxes
• Tissue Boxes
• Qur’an boxes
• Photo frames
• mirror frames
• chessboards
• backgammon
• pipes
• desks
• musical instruments
• pen and pen holders

khatam jewelry Box or coin box wooden box
khatam jewelry Box or coin box Marquetry

Design of Khatam Kari inlay marquetry

Designing of inlaid articles is a highly elaborate process. 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 of metal, bone, ivory and different kinds of wood are laid side by side, glued together in stages, smoothed, oiled and polished. Inlaid articles in the Safavid era took on a special significance as artists created their precious artworks. Woods used include betel, walnut, cypress, and pine.

 

Khatam Kari works

These works include doors and windows, mirror frames, Quran boxes, inlaid boxes, pen, and pen holders, Watch case,lanterns, and shrines

 

Pattern Of Khatam Kari Inlay Marquetry

This craft consists in the production of incrustation patterns (generally star-shaped), with thin sticks of wood (ebony, teak, Ziziphus, orange, rose), brass (for golden parts), camel bones (white parts). Ivory, gold or silver can also be used for collection objects. These sticks are assembled in triangular beams, assembled and glued in a strict order to create a geometrical motif such as a six-branch star included in a hexagon.
At times, cylinders are cut into shorter barrels and then compressed and dried between two wooden plates, before being sliced for the last time, in 1 mm wide trenches. These sections are ready to be plated and glued on the object to be decorated, before lacquer finishing.

khatamkari candy dish with lid
khatamkari candy dish with lid Marquetry

Where to buy khatamkari inlay marquetry?

Armita Handicrafts gives you beautiful and applicable khatam Kari works.

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