Damascened plates are a marvelous canvas where the artisans unleash their creativity. The take Arab, Jewish and Cristian icons, the 3 cultures that can be observed across Toledo’s history. Our damascened plates selection has the work of artisans of the main damascene art factories.
In the creation of the handmade damascened plates, the artisan carves the steel with an edge, and inlays the gold strand in the scratches, drawing shapes. With a small hummer and a chisel, the artisan sets the gold in the steel. To avoid the rust in the steel, the artisan introduces the artwork in the fire, providing the characteristic black color. To finish the handcrafted damascened plate, the artisan uses the hammer and chisel for the final details.
Nowadays it's also common to use a handmade plate as a pattern, what is reproduced by an artisan using machinery in part or all the creation process. This leads to a simpler, faster and homogeneous process.