Wood Carving

Wood carving products are made for functional and architectural purposes but also provide an excellent opportunity for fine decoration. Most examples of wood carving are typically relief or pierced work on flat objects for architectural use, such as screens, doors, roofs, beams and friezes.

Some Arabesque carvings on doors and window screens are very intricate and provide mesmerizing patterns. Another example of a functional yet decorative wood work is the complex muqarnas that fill in the niches in roof corners, giving a stalactite-like appearance to the architecture. The finest examples of these are found in the Alhambra palace in Spain. These are made from wood and plastered over before painting.

Chests, tables and cabinets are often carved in wood and intricately decorated with very fine mother of pearls inlay work. These wooden objects are some of the finest examples of craftsmanship in traditional and Islamic art.