Pietra dura in Florence, Italy and then Parchinkari in Agra, India


The European travellers brought pietra dura works as presents for Shah Jahan. The Mughal emperor was impressed with the technique and immediately incorporated it in his architectural endeavours. He refined and perfected the technique over several years which came to be known as Parchinkari in India. The art became more intricate, symmetrical and distinct from pietra dura. The inlaid stone pieces w...


The first step involves getting a high grade of marble. The marble can be white, black, pink or green. The marble is then cut according to the size of the article to be made.Next in line are the semi-precious stones. The semiprecious stones used in the inlay work were brought from many different places during the time of Shah Jahan. Amber was brought from Myanmar, turquoise from Tibet, jade from B...

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