Khatam-kari is one of the most valuable handicrafts in Shiraz. The reason for its superiority is the difference in the stages of work. It is a delicate art, in which the surface of wooden objects is decorated with small triangles in the shape of a mosaic. The raw materials for inlay are ivory, bone, brass, and gold. The more precise and delicate the design, the better the inlay. This art began to flourish during the Safavid era, the best example being Atigh Grand Mosque in Shiraz.
Saadat House in Shiraz, which is one of the most significant and unique buildings of Qajar period in terms of its tile-work, brickwork, and porcelain knots, was dedicated to the Khatam Museum and Workshop in 2005 to preserve and revive traditional arts and crafts. This house has a central porch and three-door and five-door rooms. The rooms are decorated with tiles, bricks, porcelain knots, carved stones, and wooden ceilings. It also has plastered columns. The history of naming the Saadat House goes back to its original owner (Haj Mirza Agha Saadat).
In a Nutshell
In Khatam Museum, old tools, Khatam products, old photos of craftsmen and artists, and their handicrafts are on public display. This beautiful and original Shirazi art dates back to more than 10 centuries ago. The inlaid pulpit of Atigh Grand Mosque, which is more than a thousand years old, is a testament to this claim.
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.