Inlay Work

 

 

Inlay work is the direct descendant of the Mughal era and shows a strong Persian influence. The technique of inlay basically involves making shallow carvings on the surface of wood or stone (generally marble), the shallows between the normal carvings are then filled either with metal or precious and semi-precious stones. The finished item is a profusion of patterns and inlaid material. A large number of products like: tables, pots, trays, boxes, etc have been endowed with beautiful inlay work. Kashmir, Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan are known for their wood inlay work.

Inlaying of light metal on dark metal is technically known as damascening.

The base metal (usually iron) is decorated with gold wire, in earlier times this was used to enhance the beauty of Armour, swords etc

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