News ID: 213074
Published: 0145 GMT April 11, 2018

Nickel silver craft: Traditional art in western Iran

Nickel silver craft: Traditional art in western Iran

The art of making beautiful crafts using nickel silver is among the oldest traditions in western province of Lorestan.

Since long times ago, the artists of Lorestan — the city of Boroujerd in particular — have been earning their livelihood through making various types of handicrafts including rug, jajim, carpet and a valuable art piece deeply rooted in the province’s history called nickel silver crafts, according to

The crafts used to be among the most profitable careers in Boroujerd, making up for most parts of the old business in the region.

Through hammering and bending as well as using some simple devices and their own physical power, the artists of Boroujerd create some beautiful pieces of art from nickel silver sheets like dining dishes, samovar, sugar dish, caddy and rosewater sprinkler.

There are various accounts on the history of the nickel silver crafts in Iran.

According to some historical books, Iranians used to make nickel silver crafts under Seljuk and Safavid dynasties and the art reached its climax during Qajar dynasty.

In some historical documents, a number of Boroujerd artists are portrayed while working on nickel silver sheets.

They used the sheets to make the basic items for an ordinary life. These artists came to be known as inkwell makers because they were the first artists who made inkwell from nickel silver sheets.

Nickel silver is a white-silver alloy consisting of 20 percent nickel, 35 percent zinc and 45 percent copper. It melts and takes shape easily.

Nickel silver craft was registered as an intangible cultural heritage.


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