Iranian handicrafts can be compared to a beautiful and colorful system that Khatam Kari is one of the bright and shining stars of this galaxy. Shiraz is the birthplace and Isfahan can now be named as the base of this magnificent and prominent art of Iranian handicrafts. Inlay, enameling, turquoise, etc. have turned Iranian handicrafts into a rainbow of colors, designs and patterns.
In a general definition, inlay work is regular and colorful polygons on the work surface based on creating a geometric or mosaic-like or triangular design that together or creating a regular design creates a stylish, beautiful and eye-catching work.
Khatam Kari is one of the most original and beautiful branches of Iranian handicrafts, the construction of which, in addition to the taste and artistic look of the builder, requires time, precision, patience and patience. According to most experts, antiquities, cultural heritage and handicrafts introduce Shiraz as the birthplace of this art-industry, but due to the interest and attention of the kings of the Safavid dynasty to this art, Isfahan to the center of production and promotion of inlay work and It became the cradle of handicrafts. However, some still believe that Khatam Shiraz has more elegance and charm than other production areas of these works.
In the museums of the world, there are different types of high quality Iranian inlays; One of the inlaid chessboards kept in the Banaki Museum in Athens is one of the best examples of Safavid inlay. Perhaps the best example of this art today is Khatami’s table, which won a gold medal at the 1958 Brussels Exhibition. In the art of inlay, various woods such as ivory, bone, brass and sometimes gold and silver are used.