Wood Carving or in Persian “Monabat kari” is a creation images of flowers,plants,humans and animals in the from of dent and prominence on the wood.
According to the existing artwork in Iran, the history of this industry reaches 1500 years ago. Ancient Persians, as well as in the art of painting and carving ahead of other tribes, have gradually become familiar with the artistic techniques and artistic features of this field.
The Persians were well known for their artistic tastes and master craftsmanship with the art of Monabat kari starting at very modest shapes and styles but slowly changing into a delightful form of art. Today Monabat Kari comes in some very complex designs and shapes that excite the viewers and show how this traditional and ancient form of Persian art has evolved.
How it's done
Iranian woodcarving is created step by step and the first and maybe most important one is choosing the right piece of wood. The most used wood for Monabat kari is taken from walnut trees which are solid foundation for any chiseling required on them. Choosing a design and the approach for starting it is also key to creating the best possible form of this art. Alongside the delicate hammering, sandpapering and removing rough edges in the piece is also essential. Tourists in Iran purchasing Monabat Kari should make sure their purchase has the least amount of roughness. The final stages of Monabat Kari require specially treating the wood with various paints and oils to keep the wood away from moisture.
The Iranian Monabat kari is one of the best Persian handicrafts showcasing the artistic taste of the Iranians and makes a wonderful piece of art to decorate any tourists home. Shiraz is one of the best places to purchase Monabat Kari and is a very popular art in that city.