Marquetry of Granada, Spain

The Moors were the first in Spain to cover the surface of furniture and accessories with intricate geometric patterns made of wood, bone, metal, and ivory. This art form has changed very little in Granada since the 14th century.

The three pictures on the right were taken at Laguna Taracea, which is located in the Alhambra complex at 30 Real de la Alhambra, Tel: 958 229 019. Their excellent web page (in Spanish and English) includes the history, technique, and contact information.

Bone, metal, mahogany, ebony, rosewood, and walnut are cut, shaped and glued together along the grain to create symmetrically patterned rods.  Thin cross sections of the rods are carefully sliced. The end grain slices are then arranged and glued in place. The holes are filled with putty. The surface will next be sanded and sealed.

To add a hinge on a box, the spot is marked . . .

. . .then cut out with a chisel.

Emilio Valdivieso of Artesanias Valdivieso may be contacted (in Spanish) at 41 Cuesta de Gomerez, Tel: 958 224 873.

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Web page, photographs, and text by Carol Ventura in 2005. Please look at Carol's home page to see more about crafts around the world.