The Persian word formarquetry is Moarraqkari, with Moarraq meaning "piece" or "section". So, any object made up of sections can be called a Moarraq. Marquetry is the art of creating designs and pictures on handmade objects by a small wood, fabric, ceramic, or other materials.

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What's the difference between marquetry and woodcarving?

Most people wonder about this. Here's how we'd answer it:

  • Marquetry (Moarraq) involves cutting different shapes out of wood and then arranging the pieces together, while in woodcarving, a block of wood is carved into a relief sculpture.

In the marquetry pattern (Moarraq), first, the design is transferred onto the wooden base surface and then cut along the outlines using special tools. Next, the cutouts are carefully arranged together. However, a work of woodcarving is simply a single-piece object carved out of wood.

The difference between marquetry and woodcarving provides a great opportunity to skillfully combine the two art forms into a single artwork, with the distinct features of each making for an incredibly eye-catching result. For example, the top surface of a table can be ornamented with marquetry, while stunning designs can be carved out along the sides of the top and the feet.

marquetry art

Uses of marquetry

Marquetry is done for a great variety of purposes, including:

Making standalone artworks (that are typically framed and hung on the wall - tablou)

Decorating doors, windows, display cabinets, bookcases, furniture, and tabletops Interior design 

Arabesques are the most common motifs used in Persian marquetry.

Beautiful interior design with marquetry

Marquetry works fabulously in interior design. Decorating the interior walls, ceilings, floors, and, especially, furniture of houses is a perfect use for a marquetry artist’s creativity. Sometimes residential building lobbies are also adorned by this woodworking technique, which gives them a unique look.

marquetry wood art

What materials are used in marquetry?

These materials make for great marquetry surfaces:

  • Wood
  • Stone
  • Ivory
  • Natural oyster
  • Parts of a work of Khatamkari
  • Metal (copper and brass)

Wood marquetry is the most common type of this craft and involves arranging wooden pieces of varying colors on a wooden or black polyester base surface.

How to distinction authentic from fake marquetry

Three characteristics distinguish genuine, masterly works of marquetry:

  • Perfectly flat surface
  • Meticulously-arranged wooden pieces, with no visible gaps between them and the base surface
  • Full polyester finish coating, which is applied to enhance a work’s beauty and durability

Marquetry products

  • Decorative gift boxes
  • Lidded bowls
  • Mirror frames
  • Backgammon boards
  • Chessboards
  • Coffee tables
  • accessories

And many others.

Things That Effect the Price of Marquetry 

Marquetry price will be determined by the wood used in its production. The choice of wood, each with its own characteristics and strengths, can either increase or decrease the final price of a product. Nevertheless, this is only a minor factor; the most important factor affecting the Marquetry price is the long and hard process involved in creating any pair of crafts, and the cost can range from $80 up to $1,000

Significant centers of marquetry in Iran

Iran’s marquetry production is centered in Tehran, Qom, Isfahan, Karaj, Yazd, Kashan, Ardabil, and the northern cities, with Isfahan being one the most important centers of the craft.

Persian marquetry export

Exported to numerous countries, wood and copper-based Persian handicrafts are trendy worldwide, especially in the US and Europe. The countries where Persian marquetry is in demand include Canada, the UK, Italy, China, the UAE, Iraq, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Cyruscrafts specializes in the supply, sale, and export of the finest Persian handicrafts, including marquetry works. We bring you high-class, one-of-a-kind products that will liven up and individualize your home or workplace.


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