Handicrafts of Isfahan – Part 1

The handicrafts of Isfahan represent the industry and art of the ancestors and displays of the taste and art of the people of Isfahan, which has been attracting domestic and foreign tourists over the years.

The most important handicrafts of Isfahan

1. Khatam

Khatam is one of the handicrafts of Isfahan, dating back to the Safavid era. At that time, the palaces, tables, chairs and corners of the Quran were decorated with this art. Isfahan artists are one of the pioneers of this profession. Khatam uses in decorative objects, boxes, photo frames, chess and backgammon.

2. Enameling (Minakari)

Minakari or Enameling is the art of painting, coloring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over it brilliant colors that are decorated in an intricate design.

Enamel working and decorating metals with colorful and baked coats is one of the distinguished courses of art in Isfahan. Mina is defined as some sort of glasslike colored coat which can be stabilized by heat on different metals particularly copper.

3. Repousse

Repousse on Copper is one of the oldest Iranian crafts which dates back to 5000 years ago. Handmade copper utensils has been a long time among the Iranian instruments. Today, most of these instruments are used for decorations. Isfahan is one of the major centers of this art.

4. Toreutics

Toreutics is one of the most prosperous fields of handicrafts in Isfahan. Artists create a beautiful shapes by using a special tool and inserting blows on different levels.

5. Wood Carving

In the art of Wood Carving, certain designs are embossed on the background. This art is often in the form of decorative objects and boards on the market.

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