Mirror Inlay

Mirror Inlay

What is Mirror Inlay?

Pietra dura is an Italian phrase for “hard stone” or “semi-precious stone”. It is used to refer to the technique of creating inlaid pictures from coloured stones. This is commonly referred to as Mirror Inlay Work.

For example, quartzes, chalcedonies, agates, porphyries, jaspers and petrified woods are used in this work. The designs include floral motifs, plants, natural settings and geometric shapes.

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Origins of Mirror Inlay

This  art was at its peak in Florence at the time of the Medici during the late 16th and 17th centuries. Intricate mosaics were used primarily for decorative purposes. They were used in buildings and in decor objects.

Present Scenario

Taj Mahal is the finest example of  inlay work. Craftsmen repeat a number of different patterns. This is especially true in buildings & monuments. The marble is used as a base to be crafted into beautiful crafts.


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