Marble Art Work
Pakistani land is blessed with various types of minerals and rocks. The types of soil also vary, so that we can grow every kind of fruits, vegetables and crops. Among all the useful minerals, onyx and marble are the one. Marble art work is famous in world. These two minerals are usually found in the province of Baluchistan. Pakistan is blessed with marbles and onyx of various colors and types and these marbles are acknowledged worldwide because of their color and quality. Many products are made with them and these marbles are also decorated by inlaying different patterns and beautiful colors.
If we look at the tombs of Mughal emperors, then we will get to know that this art work was also done in Mughal era. In fact, this art work is being done from four million years in sub-continent. Visitors from European countries used to give pieces of this marble art to Mughal emperors of sub-continent and after that, this art came to prominence in the sub-continent. The Mughal emperors invited many European marble artists to train the people of that time. This success was further assisted by the fact, that various marble types were found in abundant quantity at that place.
These combined facts resulted in the creation of many Marble art examples like Badshahi mosque, Mausoleum of Emperor Jahangir, and Anarkali’s tomb. Now, in Pakistan various other examples can be found like tomb of Quaid-e-Azam, Shrine of Channan Pir, and many other such tombs and shrines. The marble inlay work at Badshahi Mosque is remarkable. One must see the patterns and designs made with marble inlay done on the base. This marble inlay art work is done in different colors in our country Pakistan. Moreover, the patterns are not taken from anywhere, but they show the inner creativity of a craftsman.
Mostly floral patterns and abstract designs are created on marble. This art work is time-consuming and requires perfect skills to get the best result. These patterns are created by Pakistani hands which have decades of experience inherited by their ancestors. The techniques and skills were transferred from generation to generation and now we have the best craftsmen with proper marble art work skills. Pakistani marble art work is famous in all over the world and tiles made from pure marble with beautiful marble art done on them, are exported to other countries because these tiles are of the best quality and provides a huge variety of patterns and designs.
Apart from floor tiles, many objects are also made with marble inlay art work like tables, plates, trays, boxes, ash trays, statues and other such items. Multi-colored marble inlaying is famous among all the other marble art techniques and gives an elegant look to the whole marble piece. These pieces of art are created in all the provinces of Pakistan, but the main center of this artwork is the province of N.W.F.P. The supplier of marbles which are used in this art work is Baluchistan which not only sends marble to other provinces, but to other countries as well.