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.
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 techniques from China and improving it with Persian know-how, this craft existed for more than 700 years and is still practiced in Shiraz, Isfahan, and Tehran. The art of inlaid and sudorific woodwork is undertaken in the workshops of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran, as well as in private workshops.
Khatam Kari Art Works
Bagher Hakim-Elahi was a master of this art, and learned the techniques from Master Sanee Khatam in Shiraz. Later in life, he moved to Tehran, and continued making Khatam master pieces, currently in museums in Iran. He also taught the art to his younger brother Asadolah Hakim-Elahi.
At Maison Termeh, we value ancient artistry and we hope to support and hopefully preserve this heritage for our future generations. These pairs of earrings combine modernity and tradition to keep the legacy of this Persian art, Khatam-kari, alive.
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