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About The Artists

Dr. Ali Doustani

Dr. Ali Doustani was born in Abadan, an island southwest of Iran. His interest in art started when he was just a child. Dr. Ali began creating Marquetry artwork at a very young age and he was in his teens when his artworks were first put on exhibit. Dr. Ali's work covers vast range, from marquetrying tableau to sculpting. Small jewelry box, tabletop, furniture and cabinet are just a few of the items. He generally works with natural wood materials. However, you can see many other beautiful objects and material such as gold and precious stones in his work. Dr. Ali's artworks have been on display at handcraft shows and exhibits all over the world, to include Germany, Spain, Switzerland, France and many more. He occasionally teaches this beautiful art in selective colleges in Europe. Dr. Ali has recently revealed some of his rare paintings in his exhibit in Barcelona, Spain; soon to be added to our site collection.

Ostad Ahmad Doustani

Ostad Ahmad Doustani was born in Abadan, an island southwest of Iran. Ostad Ahmad has developed his own technique for carving and creating complex and beautiful artwork. He has designed, built, sculpted and produced many unique architectural carvings figures. Ostad Ahmad carves on many surfaces such as wood, brass, masonry, plaster, marble and bronze. Ostad Ahmad's artworks have been displayed in many handcraft shows and exhibits. His work is so beautiful and dazzling that has been copied by many artists. Ostad Ahmad Doustani teaches his technique in selective art colleges in Tehran.

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About Marquetry

Marquetry also known as Moaragh is derived from intarsia or inlay. Marquetry is the art form used in making pictures and designs with thin slices of an immense variety of colored and textured wood, glass, shell, and other materials. It is an ancient technique for decorating the surfaces of furniture, as well as a versatile means of creative expression. The marqueter makes complex pictures by carefully cutting different veneers of wood into various shapes. These precisely cut pieces are glued into a solid stable surface. The finished product or picture is sanded and then polished.

Hundreds of years ago, Persians and Egyptians decorated many pieces of their woodwork with inlay. In fact, some of the material recovered from Egyptian tombs such as chests, coffers, and other furniture were completely covered with inlay. tiles, ivory, gold and precious stones are just a few of the wonderfully decorative pieces used in the design of this form of Art to signify special prestigious and ritual importance.

In Persia the marqueter created many decorative pieces. From inlay picture designs to complex wood technique set into wood and tile mosaics on walls and furniture. Small inlay designs were used to decorate jewelry boxes, chests, caskets and tombs. All were simply beautiful and breathtaking. Most of the Artworks are so beautifully made that one might think that the figures and the shapes are painted. Many buildings in ancient Egypt, Persia, Rome and most buildings in Germany and Italy during the Renaissance days were decorated with exotic mosaic tiles, inlay stones, and ceramics. These items are very valuable in terms of time, labor and materials. Today this beautiful form of art can be viewed in many of the historic buildings throughout Europe and Asia.

About details

An authentic Marquetry does not contain any drawing, staining, or coloring. All the lines are cut and created using a special handsaw and tools. A complex picture is created by carefully cutting different naturally colored wood into various shapes. These precisely cut pieces are glued into a solid stable surface. The finished product or picture is sanded and then polished. Click on the unfinished artwork below to see the amazing details

About Exotic Woods

There are over 70,000 species of wood around the world. Here are some of the interesting ones