Size of table top : 18" X 18" inch Or 1.5' x 1.5' FeetMarble Inlay Work, an introduction & history What is Inlay Art? One of the most attractive work of art that comes from marble is "Marble Inlay" work. It is the same work that adorns the Taj Mahal and other Mughal monuments. It is a closely protected traditional art and only a few expert exponents are available today. The delicate process involves cutting and engraving marble shapes manually. To start with, a predefined pattern e.g., floral design or geometrical design is engraved on the marble slab. Small pieces of marble of different shades are cut delicately to fit in these grooves precisely. These small pieces are then slipped in the grooves. Apart from marble, many other materials can also be used. History of Inlay Art: Inlay work on delicate precious stone began in the workshops of Florence in Italy around the end of the 16th century. This was known as PIETRA DURA.(Pietra= Stone, Dura= Hard) The Italians had created a classic artistic form and held a monopoly over it. From 1630 onwards pietra dura appeared on moveable, small objects as decorative panels, with bird and flower motifs, suitable for cabinet fronts and table tops. Some of these soon reached the Mughals in the form of presents. Of all the Mughal Emperors, Shah Jahan was the greatest patron of architecture in India. For him no amount of money or time was too much to create enduring, everlasting architectural beauty and through it be remembered always. It is in his buildings that one feels most compelled to make the connection between Mughal art and pietra dura. The Taj Mahal, the cenotaphs of the Emperor and his wife, the main floor and the surrounding marble railings bear very close resemblances to the pietra dura form. Process of Inlay Art: Bases: We mostly use two types of bases, White Marble and Black Stone (Kadappa this is Sandstone). We can also use other colored bases such as Green Marble, as per buyer’s requirement. Inlay on White Marble gives a Royal touch where as Black Stone gives a very attractive look. Types of bases we used: 1) White Marble (Makrana, Rajasthan india) 2) Creama Marble (Italy) Inlay natural stones: A design, be it a floral or geometrical motif is cut out on a brass sheet. This is then placed on marble, drawn and then the marble is carved out. Slices of Colored stones, which have in the meantime been shaped and polished, are then laid into the marble with adhesive. There are almost 30 types of color stones available. Sometimes a heat treatment is given to particular stone to get a shading effect, e.g. heating Jaisalmer (Yellow) stone to get a red color. Types of natural stones normally used for inlay : 1) White Jasper 2) Chocolate Stone 3) Green Marble 4) Sang-a- Mariam 5) Tiger Stone 6) Red Jasper 7)Lapis 8) Green Aventurine 9) Brown buyasar 10) Black Onyx 11) Yellow Aventurine 12) Green buyasar 13) Yellow buyasar 14) Cobra Stone 15) Malachite 16) Ruby 17) Jaiselmer Red (Heated) 18) Dark Green buyasar 19) Creama Marble 20) Jaiselmer Yellow 21) Alikantak 22) Green Laventure 23) Torques (Firoza) 24) Amethyst We only accept PAYPAL.Payment is to be completed within 3 days of the purchase.Please contact us if you can't make the payment promptly.Otherwise, we will reserve the right to relist the item and the unpaid item report will be made correspondingly. Feedback• Please do not leave a negative feedback as a way to communicate. Any rating given to a seller can neither be changed nor modified. So better communicate for faster resolution to any disputes.• If you have any concerns regarding your purchase, please contact us via phone or mail, we assure you that a satisfactory resolution will be reached.• Please help us maintain a 5 Star DSR rating in all 4 rating categories, if you feel otherwise, please let us know how we can score a perfect rating from you before you rate us. FreeproductDesignsFree eCRATER Templates, Image Hosting and eCRATER Listing Tools!