Persian box


This technique consists of making patterns, most often star shapes, by inlaying fine wooden sticks (ebony, Teak, jujube, orange tree, rose), brass (for the golden parts), and camel bone (white parts). The decorated objects are legion: boxes, chess or backgammon games, frames, pipes, desks, or even musical instruments. The khatam can also be associated with the famous Persian miniatures, thus realizing works of art. Coming from techniques imported from China and magnified by Persian know-how, this craft has existed for over 700 years.


A large Persian wooden box and marquetry called “Khatam Kari” with mosaic decoration of stars and geometric patterns, Middle East origin, early-19th century. This box is in overall good condition considering its age and use, it still has its original silk insert fabric firmly attached which is rare. Khatam kari is a fine and meticulous marquetry work, the oldest examples of which date back to the Safavid era: khatam was then so appreciated by the court that certain princes learned the technique as well as music, painting, or calligraphy. The “Khatam-kari” is therefore the “work of inlays”.

Size in inches: H 5” x W 15” x D 9.5”

Age: 1830 – 1850

Origin: Persia

Material: Mixed material

Item Condition

Completely solid in structure and form, aged naturally across all the surfaces. This box does not have a key and therefore cannot be locked, it has had old repairs in blue ink as shown. With one replacement leg in wood. With missing sections of detail across the back hinge sections.  This is an old authentic item so please bare this into consideration when purchasing. Its exceedingly difficult to photograph all the areas of this piece, therefore we strongly suggest reviewing all the photos provided as part of this advert and propose questions where sections are unclear to avoid disappointment upon purchase.


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