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The Art of Khatam-kari

Khātam is an ancient Persian technique of inlaying. It is a type of marquetry where art forms are made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, bone and metal precisely-cut intricate geometric patterns. Khatam-kari refers to the art of crafting a Khatam. Common materials used in the construction of inlaid articles are gold, silver, brass, aluminum and twisted wire. Khatam Kari  In Safavid era, Khatam-kari was very popular and princes learned this technique alongside the art of music or painting. The inlaid-ornamented rooms at the Saadabad Palace and the Marble Palace in Tehran are among masterpieces of this art. Integrating...


The Origin of Paisley Design

This popular twisted teardrop pattern has a Persian (Iranian) origin, but its western name originates from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland. The paisley pattern traces its origins back to Persia and the Sassanid Empire around 221 AD. It was originally called “Boteh Jegheh” and was created as a motif for Zoroastrianism religion. The design represents the Cypress Tree, which is a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity.  In modern Persia, Iran, paisley is still called “Boteh Jeghe” and is very popular. Paisley designs can be found on Persian carpets, curtains, jewelry, paintings, clothing, and variety of art works.   The...


RAFIE KHOSHBIN THE NEW GENERATION FASHIONISTA

"As a designer it is my duty to not only produce clothes but also provide an identity," says Rafie Khoshbin, an Iranian-American fashion designer.  Never give up. Follow your passion no matter what and never forget who you are! Rafie Khoshbin is an inspiration to all of us. He has made his dream of becoming a fashion designer despite all the hardships he had gone through in his life. He had to leave his home town at young age because the Iranian government was not acceptance of his Bahá'í religion. But, starting a new life in Virginia has let him explore himself.  ...


How to Clean Your Brass Jewelry

You love brass made jewelry because they are unique, light and they have an eye catching gold color; Extremely affordable! However, many may worry about discoloration and tarnishing of brass … well, no worries There’s a fix! It’s actually pretty easy to clean your favorite brass jewelry using a natural ingredient, Lemon! For a flawless and natural polish, squeeze a lemon juice (store bought juice is okay) and use a soft cotton cloth to apply it to the brass. If it needs more cleaning, slowly stir salt or baking soda into the lemon juice to make a paste then use a soft...


Persian Designer, Hedieh Soltani

Dorsa Salehi

Here at Maison Termeh, we value creativity and hard work. We know what it takes to succeed, and we support young designers around the world. Hedieh Soltani is one of those designers, a jewelry designer from the capital of Iran, Tehran. She started designing bracelets and expanded her brand “Venus” two years ago through social media. Today, her Instagram account “Venus Handmade Accessories” has over 11 thousand followers. Recently, the Iranian magazine, Zendegi Ideal, has published her work and acknowledged her unique designs. Hedieh’s focus is on handmade beaded bracelets made from a variety of materials, such as valuable stones,...