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THE ART OF INLAY

THE ART OF INLAY DESIGN AND TECHNIQUE IF FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP

Our hands – Experts in inlay, Hands that work, cut, compose, hands that smooth and finish, hands driven by the passion and the enthusiasm to draw a pattern and transform it into a stone reality.

Our marble inlays are born of century-long handicrafts tradition and new technologies. Precision and meticulousness are the foundations of our work; nothing is left to chance. In every work, Future Kraft Company obtains the perfect result, the fruit of particular care in every phase of production, carried out solely by the highly specialized worker. Once our works have been completed and laid, they are unique works which distinguish themselves clearly from industrial products.

Pietra dura or Pietre dure (see above), called Parchin Kari in South Asia, is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create images. It is considered a decorative art. The stonework, after the work is assembled loosely, is glued stone-by-stone to a substrate after having previously been “sliced and cut in different shape sections; and then assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section was practically invisible”. Stability was achieved by grooving the undersides of the stones so that they interlocked, rather like a jigsaw puzzle, with everything held tautly in place by an encircling ‘frame’. Many different colored stones, particular marbles, were used, along with semi-precious, and even precious stones. It first appeared in Rome in the 16th century, reaching its full maturity in Florence. Pietra dura items are generally crafted in green, white or black marble base stones. Typically the resulting panel is completely flat, but some examples where the image is in low relief were made, taking the work more into the area of hard stone carving.

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