IRAN ART EXHIBITION: MORSAA KARI IS THE ART OF JEWELRY INLAY
Morasa Kari or Mekhraj Kari or jewelry inlay is one branch of stone crafts. It is the art of inlaying jewelry (precious stones) on the dishes, ornaments and other decorative objects.
From thousands of years ago, making ornaments and decorative jeweled utensils had been common in Iran and they have different methods of studding stone on silver, gold and any other suitable metal. Works such as chalices, bowls and gem studded ornaments that are related to the period of the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanid which indicates that the artists of thousands of years ago had expertise on studding precious and semi-precious stones on these objects.
In our day the art of Morasa is mostly being used in making ornaments and it’s an attractive fashion for women and many interested men. Also decorative jewel studded utensils such as boxes, sugar bowls mirrors and candlesticks are highly beloved.
IRAN ART EXHIBITION: One of the branches of craftsmanship related to the processing of stone is the Mo-rassa ‘kāri (also called Mekhrāj kāri or Negin kāri) and is carried out by placing stones or settings on precious decorative objects, or on trays or accessories. It is an ancient art, common in Iran.
Objects such as cups, bowls etc. dating back to the Achaemenid, Parthian and Sasanian period indicate the profound mastery of Iranian artisans in this type of artistic discipline.
Authentic ‘heirs’ of that era are the jewels worn by women of the Bedouin tribes and rural areas.
The raw materials of this art are precious or semi-precious stones such as emerald, diamond, turquoise, ruby, agate, jade.
Nowadays, the Morassa ‘kāri is mainly used in the production of jewelry. The artisan of this art works once the jewel in question is finished.