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When a piece of art becomes utilitarian, it is believed that perfect design harmony is achieved. Peepul Tree brings you its exquisite collection of Marble Coasters, along with their holders for keeping them neatly stacked when not in use. These magnificent Marble Coasters are like bringing a touch of the Taj Mahal to your home. Inlaid with Mother of Pearl and other semi-precious stones, the work on these Marble Coasters reflect a centuries-old legacy.
The art of Parchin Kari, which is believed to have originated in Venice and Persia was brought to the Mughal court in the 16th century. These Marble Coasters have been skillfully hand-made by our inlay work master artisans, whose ancestors worked on the great Mughal buildings of Agra.Get your own piece of history with these unique handmade Marble Coasters, available now on Peepul Tree.
White Marble Coasters
Peepul Tree presents you the collection of White Marble Coasters. These White Marble Coasters have been intricately inlaid with semi-precious stones. The artisans who handcrafted these White Marble Coasters are keeping alive the legacy of his ancestors who settled in Agra centuries ago and had worked on monuments like the Taj Mahal there. So with these White Marble Coasters, you can own a piece of the same kind of inlay work that was used during the construction of Taj Mahal- one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!
Locally this art form is known as Parchin Kari, and it is said to have travelled through Venice and Persia to the Mughal court. These White Marble Coasters will not only be great accessories for your home but also unfold the many stories associated with it.
Marble Coaster Set
Introducing the Exquisite Marble Coaster Set, from which you can elevate your Home Decor! Looking to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your living space? Look no further! Our meticulously crafted Marble Coaster Set is the perfect blend of beauty and functionality, making it an ideal addition to any home or office.
Coming straight from the historic city of Agra, the Marble Coaster Set carries an element of Mughal history. The Mughals are said to introduce the art of Parchin Kari or marble inlay work which is evident in this Marble Coaster Set. The entire process of inlaying is done by hand, while today, grinders make it easy for the artisans to cut large slabs of marble. Today, marble inlay work from Agra and parts near Fatehpur Sikri are famous, the former being of much more significance. However, due to the intense skill and labour involved in this craft, there are only a few artisans still practicing it today, and they are struggling to keep it alive. With the young generation moving away from the art form, the future of this precious craft hangs in the balance.
Among some leading platforms, Peepul Tree,is helping arts like these survive and thrive. Some of the paradisiacal motifs on the magnificent Taj are now brought to you as fine pieces of history with the marble inlay coasters by Peepul Tree. These are finely carved and embedded with semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli and carnelian by some of the finest artisans in Agra, whose forefathers once bejewelled the Taj with beautiful inlay. The collection of Marble Coaster Set is the most remarkably enduring and now endangered legacy of inlay work.
Marble Inlay Coasters
Own a piece of Mughal Empire’s rich history with Marble Inlay Coasters only on Peepul Tree. These Marble Inlay Coasters carry the centuries old art of Parchin Kari, which involves delicately inlaying semi-precious gemstones into intricate designs that have been carved into marble. It is evident in some prominent buildings in India, such as the great Taj Mahal. So what are you waiting for? Visit us and purchase Marble Inlay Coasters!
Marble Inlay Coaster Set
It’s true what they say – you don’t always need words, and the Mughals elevated this to an art, through the numerous monuments that they built. Many of these exquisite monuments were embellished with Parchin Kari, originally a Persian term, for marble inlay work which you can today witness in some of the finest historical pieces, among which is the famous Marble Inlay Coaster Set.
Peepul Tree brings you the collection of finest Marble Inlay Coaster Set, that carries the art of delicately inlaying semi-precious gemstones into intricate designs carved into marble. This marble inlay work or Parchin Kari is a remarkable feature of Mughal architecture in India. The most famous example is the Taj Mahal of Agra, where you can still see colourful semi-precious stones glistening in the white marble. It is a great legacy of Mughal Art.
Even today, in the streets of Agra, artisans with chisels and marbles carry the legacy of Parchin Kari forward that is also evident in our collection of Marble Inlay Coaster Set. The beauty of this work has drawn admirers from around the world and through the centuries. Artisans today have kept this ancestral legacy alive and now you can purchase Marble Inlay Coaster Set which have the same inlay work as the renowned Taj Mahal, only on our history shop, Peepul Tree. Visit today and purchase a Marble Inlay Coaster Set.
1. What is the history of Parchin Kari as witnessed in the Marble Coasters?
It is believed that roots of this Parchin Kari, lie in Ancient Rome, where it was known as opus sectile. By the 4th century CE, inlay had become an element of statues and carvings within churches and in church facades. Things came full circle for the art of inlay in the 15th century CE, with a major revival in Renaissance-era Italy. By the 16th century, this form had become known as pietra dura and gained popularity in Italy as 'paintings in stone'.
As the art spread across Europe and the Far East, it is said that the technique also travelled to India, where it flourished in the 16th and the 17th centuries, especially in the Mughal court. Today, you can see elaborate examples of marble inlay from that time, in the mosques and forts of Agra and Delhi as well as the palaces of Rajasthan, where the skill is practiced even today.
Perhaps the earliest existing example of inlay art is in the Qila-i-Kuhna mosque in the Purana Qila (Old Fort) of Delhi, built around 1540. The mosque was designed by Humayun (r. 1530 – 40; 1555 – 56), the second Mughal Emperor. He is credited with having popularised marble inlay as a key component of Mughal architecture.
Some of the most intricate examples of inlay work are still to be found around the mihrab, the niches in a mosque that indicate the direction of Mecca. The Qila-i-Kuhna mihrab features beautiful inlays of gold, lapis lazuli and precious stones in the marble and red sandstone with which the mosque was built.
Similarly, the Jagmandir Palace at Udaipur, built by the Sisodia rulers of Mewar in 1551 CE, incorporates inlay in marble. Gul Mahal, built by the then Mewar king Maharana Karan Singh, has massive marble slabs in its interior walls inlaid with rubies, jade, onyx, jasper and carnelian. If this structure looks fit for a prince, it’s because it was built for one – designed especially for a young Shah Jahan, the future Mughal Emperor, then known as Prince Khurram who was held there as a refugee, seeking safety as he rebelled against his father Emperor Jahangir to inherit the Mughal throne.
Referred to as the Bachcha Taj and often called the Jewel Box, the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula in Agra has stunning mother-of-pearl inlaid with gems and semi-precious stones. It was built between 1621 CE and 1627 CE by Queen Nur Jahan, for her father. Emperor Akbar’s Jahangiri Mahal at the Agra Fort and the Buland Darwaza of Fatehpur Sikri feature beautiful marble inlay too.
2. What are the care instructions taken for the marble coasters?
As the marble coasters are fragile, please handle them with care. In order to maintain fairness to our artisans and craftsmen, as well as to keep our prices fair, we accept returns only for damaged products. These products are non-refundable and non-returnable.