Mother of Pearl Bone Inlay Furniture from Moroccan Bazaar

Mother of Pearl

Among the most beautiful naturally occurring substances on earth, mother of pearl brings a beguiling iridescence to the inlaid furniture made at our woodcraft atelier.

Our artisans start by grinding off the outer layer of each mollusc shell until only the inner layer of pure mother of pearl remains, and then patiently cut out the shapes they require.

These are then glued into whatever pattern has been carved into the wood.

To complement and enhance the decorative effect of mother of pearl, our maalem sometimes cut strips of silver wire…

…and carefully shape and insert them into the pattern.

Once polished to a finish, the overall decorative effect of these pieces is simply stunning.

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