)When you think of the word ‘Persian’, what sort of image is it that comes to mind?
Intricate design, attention to detail, a fluffy wide-eyed cat, beautiful complimentary colours, hues of blue from indigo to azure to cyan, lapis lazuli, brocades, silks, tapestries, embroidered and woven rugs, floral motifs, symmetrical patterns and mosaics. Handicrafts, jewellery, enamel work perhaps?
Let’s talk about enamelling for a bit.
‘Meenakari’ might sound familiar to you. Meena stems from a Persian word ‘mina’ which means ‘azure’, the colour of clear skies on a bright and sunny day; bringing us right round to that gorgeous blue hue of the mineral stone called lapis lazuli.
Meenakari is a rather ancient technique of enamelling, the process of fusing coloured minerals to metal that’s engraved with delicately carved designs. This method was contrived by the Iranians and the Mongols were the ones to bring this knowledge with them to our shores. Originally it was used as a finishing touch or support for stone-studded jewellery but with the passage of time and some recognition it eventually got its time in the spotlight.
More in our next post; stay tuned gentlefolk!
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