Vintage 1950s Persian Khatam desk set in solid wood Mosaic inlay with brass tips pen holder.
The wooden base is khatam covered and there is a miniature painting scene in the top flat surface of young people, girls and boys wearing period costumes dancing and enjoying the outdoors.
Vintage Persian khatam hand painted pen and letter desk set.
This is a beautiful Persian Khatam Desk Set. It has a letter or business card slot or letter slot at the top of the desk.
There are also 2 brass tip pen holders (one on each side of the writing section of the desk) and a small little drawer in the center of the desk.
It also has 4 nice flat round feet so that it can be set just about anywhere and easily picked up and moved just as easily.
The mosaic design work is gorgeous, using various color woods and other natural materials.
This wooden desk set pen holder is completely covered with Khatam inlaid mosaic marquetry.
Nice Islamic Moorish decorative item on a desk top or shelf decor.
Both pen holders are flexible and can be adjusted.
Just a beautiful Desk Set! Perfect for an office, study.
• Length of desk: 11.5 inches
• Width of desk: 7.5 inches
• Depth of desk: 1.5 inches
• Each Pen holder measures 3.5 inches long
• There are no hallmarks on this set.
No Pens! Gorgeous design, intricate detail, and beautiful color.
Condition: In great vintage condition.
Period circa 1950
Origin Asia, Wear consistent with age and use.
Great Islamic Folk Art collector museum quality piece on this miniature painting desk set.
About Khatam Artwork:
Khatam is a Persian version of marquetry, art forms made by decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood, metal and other natural substances precisely-cut geometrical shapes.
"Khatam" art, also known as "Khatamkari" or "Gol-o-Morgh," is a traditional Persian woodworking technique and form of marquetry that involves creating intricate geometric patterns using small pieces of wood, metal, bone, and sometimes even precious materials like mother-of-pearl. These materials are carefully cut, shaped, and then fitted together to form complex designs that are often found on various decorative items.
The word "Khatam" in Persian means "to finish" or "to complete," and it refers to the meticulous and precise craftsmanship involved in creating these patterns. Khatam art has a long history in Persian culture and can be found on a wide range of objects, including jewelry boxes, furniture, picture frames, and musical instruments, among others.
The art of Khatamkari requires a high level of skill and attention to detail, as craftsmen must select and arrange the materials to form symmetrical and harmonious designs. The resulting patterns often feature star-like shapes, polygons, and intricate tessellations, which are then used to embellish various items, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to Persian art and craftsmanship.