Persian inlay (Khatam)
Khatam art is an ancient Persian technique of inlaying. In fact, it is a special type of Marquetry. In this art the surfaces of objects are decorated with very small triangles. Khatam’s various designs have always been in the form of regular geometric shapes.These geometric shapes are made by placing small triangles next to each other. These triangles are made of wood, metal, bone and oyster.The smaller and more delicate the triangles, the better the inlay. In an inlay design, at least three triangles are used to make the smallest geometric unit and up to four hundred triangles for the largest. Inlaying is done on both wooden and metal objects, especially copper.