Pietra dura, or “Parchin kari”- a technique which utilizes cut and fitted, highly polished or coloured stones to create a visual imagery inlaid on a surface, was brought to India in the 17th century by the Persians. Inlay, in the visual arts, is any decorative technique used to create an ornamental design, pattern, or scene by inserting or setting into a shallow or depressed ground a material of a different colour or type. Inlay techniques are used in enamelwork, furniture decoration, lacquer work, and metalwork. Typically, the resulting panel is completely flat, but some examples where the image is in low relief were made, taking the work more into the area of hardstone carving.
A decorative art, this practice first appeared in Rome in the 16th century, reaching its full maturity in Florence. Inlaid woodwork, in which decorative materials such as wood or ivory is set into the surface of the veneer, has accompanied the art of furniture making for thousands of years. Ivory inlay can be seen in Egyptian furniture, particularly in small, meticulously executed toilet caskets, today known almost exclusively from pictorial representations. Although not strictly inlay, marquetry and boulle work are often similar techniques. Veneering is also closely allied.
The House Of Things salutes this rare Indian craft and seeks to revive it through its expert curations.
Brimming with statement-making style, this stool showcases scrolling floral details. Crafted from select solid wood and resin components, this beautifully inlaid stool is perfect to add a distinctive touch to your living spaces.
The black and off white contrasting colours, created using resin inlay work add character to this essential set of decorative bowls. Serving decoration, as well as purpose, these bowls imbue a sense of luxurious nostalgia.
Designed with beautiful clean lines, sleek legs and lots of storage, this compact sideboard is ideal for storing away bits and pieces, with an eye-catching inlaid chequered design in contrasting colours of reclaimed teak wood.
An eternal art of the bygone era, “thikri” is an ancient technique of using hand blown glass pieces on a powdered limestone base to create intricate geometric mirror patterns. Studded with meticulous attention to detail and skilful craftsmanship, these art pieces possess an unworldly charm and are highly decorative.
Drawing on the rich culture of art, craft, and architecture from the Mughal and Bahmani dynasties, Ira Studio’s Bidri collection is inspired form the Persian techniques of inlay developed by 17th century artisans from the Deccan region. The Agra Tray features delicate strands of pure silver inlaid in a simple, linear pattern, offsetting the dark zinc base with a graceful contrast.
The 'Gulaab' and 'Anaar' vertical panels are perfect to adorn a small wall or as gifts for your loved ones – featuring the eternal art of the bygone era, “thikri”. An ancient technique of using hand blown glass pieces on a powdered limestone base to create intricate geometric mirror patterns, these art pieces possess an unworldly charm and are highly decorative.
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