Mughal Inlay Art

The Mughal marble inlay (also called pachikari/parchinkari) is an exquisite art that developed in India under Mughal emperors during 15th - 17th centuries and reached its perfection in the Taj Mahal
In it, marble is inlaid with gemstones to create exquisite motifs. Mughal inlay bears some resemblance to an Italian marble inlay art called pietra-dura. Both are beautiful and decorative, but their techniques and motifs differ. Pietra dura is pictorial, Mughal inlay is stylized. Some believe Mughal inlay to be Indianized pietra-dura, others believe it to be truly Indian.
A story goes that while visiting Mandu, Emperor Jahangir and Empress Nurjahan were impressed with the inlay work there. Later, Nurjahan used multi-coloured gemstones inlaid on white marble to build her father Itmadudaulah’s specatacular tomb in Agra. Emperor Shahjahan later used absolutely breathtaking Mughal inlay to adorn the entire Taj Mahal.
At Taj Gallery, our artisans create Mughal marble inlay the same way their ancestors did for Taj Mahal. When you take home an artefact from us, you own an authentic work of the art that adorns the Taj itself.

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