India in pictures
Pietra Dura in Delhi9:09 AM
When one thinks of Pietra Dura in India, one thinks of the Taj Mahal. It is after all the most famous monument in the country displaying this stone in-lay technique.
But, Pietra Dura, was used accross the Mugal Empire to embellish marble palaces and monuments, not just on the World Famous Monument.
The technique itself is known in India under the name "Parchin Kari". The place section at the back of the Red Fort in Delhi has some interesting example of the world famous in-law work technique.
This picture was taken in Delhi in 2007 while DH and I visited family in Delhi. I haven't been there since though, and I would love to know if restaurant ion work has been carried. Back then. Many of the arches looked back or brown, probably due to the effect of pollution. In this very picture, you can see that the bottom section appeared to have been cleaned up nicely, while the top remains dirty.
The whole area was and I imagine still is off limits to visitor to prevent further decay of what must have been a stunning display in its prime.