Wood Inlay/Tarkashi of Rajasthan

The old palaces and mahals of Rajasthan have beautifully inlaid doors with ivory and intricate floral or geometric patterns. This artform is also known as Tarkashi. The same skilled craftsmanship is found in the inlay work in thrones, howdahs and horse or camel saddles. Mirror inlay work of Persian origin is also famous here wherein glass is blown by the craftsperson at the site of decoration and mercury is poured into the concave insides of the mirror while it is still hot. The blown mirror-glass is then broken into small pieces and shaped according to the pattern drawn on the wooden wall which are fixed with plaster or lime.