All our Mughal inlay art pieces are handcrafted by master artisans at our in-house workshop. These master artisans are direct descendants of the artisans who built the Taj Mahal in 17th century and passed down their artistic tradition to their sons. From father to son, the tradition of Mughal inlay has travelled to 21st century.
At our workshop, these artisans use the same techniques and tools that were used hundreds of years ago in building the Taj Mahal. Actually, the process of creation of Mughal inlay is virtually unchanged and hence, what we bring to you is the same art, using the same materials, and created the same way as it was for Taj Mahal.
Here is how a Mughal inlay art work is created at our workshop:
- A master artisan (called ustad) conceives a design inclusive of colours, gemstones, and motifs, and creates a 1:1 sketch.
- Then the base marble is hand cut into desired shapes as per the design.
- The marble inlay motifs are then drawn on a brass sheet and hand cut by a specialist cutter to create templates.
- A master engraver hand carves outlines of the motif onto the marble using these templates.
- Semi-precious gemstones are carefully chosen, colour-graded and hand cut into custom shaped pieces to fill the groves of the engraved motif using a special glue (the same formulation that was used in the Taj). These gemstones can be coral, mother of pearl, onyx, amethyst, agate, aquamarines, quartz, malachite, turquoise, jasper, cat’s eye, lapis lazuli, peridot, opal, bloodstone, garnet, carnelian, jade and many more.
- The more intricate the design and the colour scheme, the longer the time it takes to finish it.