Inlay Table Tops
The inlay craft or Pietra Dura though
started in Italy, was brought to India by the Mughals. Agra still
holds the fort for best quality Inlay table tops. The craft asks for
patience, endurance, precision and pre planning to create a good
piece. Most famous are the marble inlay table tops.
The patterns can be floral, geometric, Victorian or Persian. The
marble is first traced with the pattern, different colored stones and
gemstones are cut as per the patterns. Grooves are created on the
marble base so that the cut stone is a perfect fit in them. They are
stuck, dried, polished and finished.
The stone inlay table tops come in innumerable shapes inlayed with
colored stones in floral and geometric patterns. The tops can be
installed on stone, wood or cast iron base. An inlayed chess table top
for garden tables is quite commonly used. The inlayed tabletops are so
exotic that they can be used for center tables, side tables, coffee
tables or even dining tables. The are durable and can be used for
indoors and outdoors both.