Marquetry

Shekoufeh Ahmadi April 15, 2021
Reading Time: 2 Minutes

Moaraq kari (Marquetry) is a very delicate and beautiful art, made with thin pieces of wood. Over the years, various developments and innovations helped improve Moaraq. This artform was originally used to decorate tabletops, sideboards, doors, and chair support, and only Islamic motifs or knots or the five limited colors of ebony, betel, pear, elm, and mulberry wood were used. The same method is common to this day with the name of Moaraq inlay. The intellectual background of this innovation was formed from the inlaid patterns on the doors of the Marble Palace.

Regarding Moaraq, which seems to have been a gift of Indian civilization to Iran, it should be said that it has roots elsewhere, however, it evolved and reached its peak, transforming in accordance with Iranian culture. You can see the art of Moaraq in most cities of Iran, but Shirazi artists are inspired by the culture and art of ancient Iran and Persepolis. We suggest you visit Vakil Bazaar and Hafez Handcraft Shop for Moaraq paintings and crafts and take them with you as a souvenir of your trip to Shiraz.

In a Nutshell

Moaraq is the art of creating beautiful patterns and designs formed by combining colored wood on a background of black wood or polyester. There are many stores and handicraft markets such as Vakil Bazaar where you can buy Moaraq.

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