Agra, home to the Taj Mahal and the Mughal Empire’s capital from 1556 to 1658, is the center of stone craft in India. During the Mughal rule, Jali carving, a traditional Indian latticework pattern, as well as inlay techniques were introduced. Artisans continue these traditions, sourcing stone from all over the country
Materials and process
Stone work starts with cutting large slabs into smaller pieces, chiseling to attain a rough shape, and then grinding, filing and polishing to transform rough natural sections into refined works of art. The stone for many of Mela’s collections are from the same quarry as the Taj Mahal, providing a beautiful link between India’s rich history and today.