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Design Marble Art Pvt. Ltd. has grown to being one of the leading manufacturer and exporter of Marble Inlaid handicrafts and accessories with complete in-house manufacturing and finishing facilities based in New Delhi, INDIA.
The art of marble inlay, Pachekari- in India, Pietra Durra- in Italy is centuries old and has been a major source of fascination. Its craftsmen have carried the tradition from generation to generation with very few new entrants, leading to a sharp decline in the development of this unique art form.
We do Inlay work with Mother-Of-Pearl(White, Black, Yellow, Abalone, New Zealand shell, Pencil black, etc.), Stainless Steel, Mirror, Original Swarovski crystals, and marble inlayed in marble also to name a few.
We also make slabs of Gemstones and agates, Carnelian, Petrified wood, Quartz, amethyst, tigers eye, silver pyrite, golden pyrite, jasper etc stones to name a few. These gemstones are also inlaid in marble.
Mother-Of-Pearl is overlaid on ceramic tiles in order to reduce the weight vis-à-vis marble which is then used as highlighters or as inserts for walls or floors specially in high rise buildings.
Today our product range has grown to include :
Table-tops, Floor medallions, Mirror frames, Photo frames, Pedestals, Counter tops, Vanities, Wash basins and Kitchen sinks in both marble and granite, Coasters sets, Wall and floor tiles, Ashtrays, Pen stands, etc. with inlay work done in both natural marble and semiprecious stones such as Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Mother-of-Pearl, Paua Shell, Tiger’s eye, Cornelian, Jasper, Agate, etc.
Another area of growth has been overlay work which is especially suited to geometric patterns including intricate designs.
A recent feather in our cap has been - Marble Wall Murals in almost unlimited sizes. These are created in the mosaic format using both marble and semiprecious stones and are polished glossy. In it constant effort to introduce newer products, a full range of gemstones including agates, various types of quartz, amethyst, petrified wood, jasper, silver and golden pyrite, all colors of tigers eye like, iron tigers eye, blue tigers eye, golden tigers eye, lapis, malachite, carnelian etc. have been used to make both slabs and customised tops and accessories to suit all sensibilities.
What is Marble Inlay Work?
“Marble Inlay work” is one of the most attractive art that done from marble. Same type of that adorns the Taj Mahal and other Mughal monuments.
It is a closely protected traditional art and only a few expert exponents are available today. The delicate process involves cutting and engraving marble shapes manually. To start with, a predefined pattern e.g., floral design or geometrical design is engraved on the marble slab. Small pieces of marble of different shades are cut delicately to fit in these grooves precisely. These small pieces are then slipped in the grooves. Apart from marble, many other materials can also be used.
History of Inlay Art:
Inlay work on delicate precious stone began in the workshops of Florence in Italy around the end of the 16th century. This was known as PIETRA DURA.(Pietra= Stone, Dura= Hard) The Italians had created a classic artistic form and held a monopoly over it. From 1630 onwards pietra dura appeared on moveable, small objects as decorative panels, with bird and flower motifs, suitable for cabinet fronts and table tops. Some of these soon reached the Mughals in the form of presents.
Of all the Mughal Emperors, Shah Jahan was the greatest patron of architecture in India. For him no amount of money or time was too much to create enduring, everlasting architectural beauty and through it be remembered always.
It is in his buildings that one feels most compelled to make the connection between Mughal art and pietra dura. The Taj Mahal, the cenotaphs of the Emperor and his wife, the main floor and the surrounding marble railings bear very close resemblances to the pietra dura form.