Iran, Tehran, Gholhak, Gol-e-yakh St, No. 1, Unit 301

Khatam Kari: Marquetry with Wood, Metal, Bone

As one of the most exquisite Iran handicrafts, Khatam Kari is the art of inlaying small pieces of wood, bone or metal on the surface of different articles. Incrusted patterns (geometrical shapes, particularly star-shaped) are produced in this Iranian handmade art, with thin sticks of wood (ebony, teak, orange, and rose), brass (for the golden parts) and bone (white sections). In each cubic centimeter of space, up to approximately 250 pieces of metal, bone, ivory, and wood are laid side by side. Among all handicrafts of Iran, Khatam Kari is highly elaborated.