One Persian Handcrafted Wooden Inlaid (Khatam)Persian Art Khatam Handmade
Marquetry Micro Mosaic Clock
Approximate Size Frame: 27cm x 27cm (10.5 x 10.5 Inches)Approximate Size
Glass: 13cm (5 Inches)
ITEM IS HANDMADE AND THERE MIGHT BE SOME IMPERFECTIONS.
Khatam (Persian: خاتم) is a Persian version of marquetry, art forms made by
decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood and
metal precisely-cut geometrical shapes. Khatam is also the capital of Khatam
County in pars. Khatam kari (Persian: خاتمکاری) is the art of crafting a
Khatam. Common materials used in the construction of inlaid articles are gold,
silver, brass, aluminum and twisted wire. Artworks with smaller inlaid pieces
are generally more highly valued.
Designing of inlaid articles is a highly elaborate process. In each cubic
centimeter of inlaid work, up to approximately 250 pieces of metal, wood and
etc. are laid side by side. Inlaid articles in the Safavid era took on a
special significance as artists created their precious artworks. These works
include; doors and windows, mirror frames, Quran boxes, inlaid boxes, pen and
penholders, lanterns and inlaid ornamented shrines.The steps of making Khatam:
First different kind of wood in different colors are provided and then with the
relevant tools they are cut each horing 30 cm length and 1-5.2 mm diameter and
some triangles are prepared from them, which after filing, all the lateral are
made according to the plan and as desirable and in order to finish the
plan,there is a need for metal wires which some steps are taken to prepare
them. Then to make Khatam the head-artisian draws the drawings of different
figures which are to be made in order to make Khatam and these wooden triangles
or metal ones are put beside each other by the hands of skillful artist and
glued to each other and made firm with the use of strings of which made called
paddle( expression) After some hours the strings are filed and four paddles
which hare been made are put beside each other and then are glued to each other
again resulting in something called "toglo" the next steps which is popular as
making flowers is initiated. In this step, 6 wires are glued around each corner
by a round metal wire which is made in six lateral figure and called shamse,
and then the resulting structure is firmed by strings which a star-like plan is
obtained, these plans are so repeated that the required general plan is made
and put under pressure of press machine and Khatam is made after some steps of
cutting and gluing the very delicate layers to each other that all of these
steps from the beginning up to the end consists of 400 operational steps. The
Khaatam are glued based on the plan, color, shape, dimensions and the place of
application and by making different plans and making similar figures or
symmetrical shapes, all the plan surface is adorned by signets which is then
prepared by performing some repairs, filing, brushing and under cuttings and
finally grinding and straightening of Khatam surface, and then oiling and
polishing by some special materials such as sealer and polisher. The quality of
a Khatam depends on its fine drawing and regularity of the plan, all of which
are summarized in the skills of head artisian.
Please note that only one Item/color/size/type/title per your selection will
Most items are new (never used) imported and are in a very good condition,
however they as the item is hand crafted and painted by hand then some
imperfection are expected.
All images are for illustration purposes and taken from a sample.
All items are shipped from various international locations.
Delivery is subject to destination country custom regulations and fees.
While most international items are delivered within 1-2 weeks, however the
official time line for International Airmail / Standard is up to 4 weeks and
for Surface / Economy Mail it may take up to 12 weeks.
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