Indian marble inlay craft or Pietra Dura or Parchin kari is one of the most elegant and exquisite forms of art on the subcontinent. The Taj Mahal is a great example of the beauty of this art. Techniques have remained virtually unchanged and to this day everything is created exclusively by hand. The art is kept alive within descendant families for generations, who worked on the Taj Mahal.
How to do Inlay Art?
1-We take Plain piece of Marble.
2-We draw the design on it (Copied from Taj Mahal)
3-With the help of Emery wheel we shape the designs out of semi-precious stones used in marble inlay art like Coral, Lapis lazuli, Malachite, Cornelian, Turquoise, Abalone Shell ,Jasper, Mother of Pearl, Etc.
4-We draw the patterns on the slices of the stones then hold them against the Emery wheel and then shape it one by one. More small pieces takes more time.
5-After that we cut the cavities in the Marble with the help of diamond pointed tools.
6-Then the shaped pieces are glued in the Marble cavities.
7-In the end we polish and finish the piece and then the finished pieces are ready for our Customers
Who made inlay Art?
This beautiful inlay (Pietra Dura) table top is fully Handmade Product made by the artisans (the descendants of those families who built the Taj Mahal in 17 century) in Agra, India. Taj Mahal is a monument of love & one of the seven wonders in the world, same artwork done with the same technique on the walls of the Taj Mahal.