Vintage Persian Raj - Middle Eastern miniature art in beautiful khatam frame. Khatamkari is an ancient and unique art of multi-layering geometric patterns of wood & metal inlay on wood aka marquetry. This particular piece features three scholars in a lush ancient garden and is bordered by beautiful Eastern repeating patterns in bold colors. The frame is a unique shape for such work. The frame can of course be used for whatever photo or art you'd like to replace this one with. (A little history below)
CONDITION: No damage or repairs, some normal signs of usage - a little rubbing here and there. No missing pieces.
SIZE: The frame is 11 inches x 9 inches and the image is 6 6/8 inches x 4 6/8 inches
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History of Khatamhari:
Khatam is an ancient Persian technique of inlaying, a type of marquetry where objects are made by decorating the surface of wooden articles. Developed in the ancient Persian Empire, khatam-kari gained popularity in the 16th century (1500's). This unique form of marquetry (applying veneer patterns to a surface) features signature tiny geometric designs made of wood, metal, and bone. Artisans use khatam to lend a lavish look to anything from frames to lamps, vases, tables, chairs, boxes, chess sets, and more. The tinier the design, the more skill involved to create it and the higher price it can fetch in the handmade art marketplace.
The look and patterning of khatam kari is directly linked to the technique used to create it. Thin rods of wood, bone, and metal are cut to roughly 2mm (or less) thick and 30cm long, then bound together, first with string and then with glue. The desired pattern becomes visible by looking at one end of the bundle, from which 1mm slices are cut. The slices are then arranged and adhered on the surface to be adorned.
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