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Meenakari ( Minakari ) is the art of colouring and ornamenting the surface of
metals by fusing over it brilliant colours that are decorated in an intricate
design. Enamel working and decorating metals with colourful and baked coats is
one of the distinguished courses of art in Isfahan. Mina is defined as some sort
of glass-like coloured coat which can be stabilised by heat on different metals
particularly copper. Persian Enamel handicrafts can be used as wall hanging
plates, home decor and candy dishes.
Turquoise Inlaying on Copper ( Firoozeh Koobi )
Turquoise Inlaying on containers includes a copper object on parts of the surface
of which small pieces of turquoise are set in mosaic fashion thus giving the
object a special glamor. The production of Turquoise Inlaying includes two
general stages: Goldsmith includes the making and preparation of the object
intended for Turquoise Inlaying using one of the metals indicated above. Then
Turquoise Inlaying where inlayer buys waste turquoise chips & use them in
making each Turquoise Inlaying object in proportion to the surface area.
Khatam Kari consists in the production of incrustation patterns (generally star
shaped), with thin sticks of wood (ebony, teak, ziziphus, orange, rose), brass (for
golden parts), camel bones (white parts). Ivory, gold or silver can also be used for
collection objects. Sticks are assembled in triangular beams, themselves
assembled and glued in a strict order to create a cylinder, 70 cm in diameter,
whose cross-section is the main motif: a six-branch star included in a hexagon
and then plated and glued on the object to be decorated, before lacquer.
Hand Painting Miniature ( Miniator )
Persian Miniature is a small handmade oil painting on paper or more importantly
on a piece of camel bone. The techniques are broadly comparable to the Western
and Byzantine traditions of miniatures in illuminated manuscripts. The bright
and pure colouring of the Persian miniature is one of its most striking features.
The workshop tradition and division of labour within both an individual miniature
complicates the attribution of paintings. Some are inscribed with the name of
the artist, sometimes as part of the picture itself.
Metal Engraving ( Ghalamzani )
Engraving ( Ghalam Zani ) is the art of carving superb designs on various metals
such as copper, brass, silver and gold. Isfahan is the main center for engraving.
The artistic work of this course made by the artists are the glorious and
undeniable indication of Previous metal work of Iran and Isfahan. Persian
Metalwork Engraving is perhaps the most continuous and best-documented
artistic medium from Iran in the Islamic period. Each hand engraved item may
take up to one week to be finished depending on its size.
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