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It took a period of 22 years and 22000 artisans to build the Taj Mahal. Clearly it makes us wonder why a building merely a few hundred feet high took so long. Only a nearer view reveals the reason and its perfection. When in our hasty times we see enormous structures of hundreds of stories raised in a few years like the Burj-al-Khalifa in Dubai (nearly a kilometre high and built in merely 5 years), it becomes imperative to consider why 22,000 men worked for 22 years on this little tomb. We begin to sense the difference between industry and art and perhaps more importantly, we sense the ultimate lesson it offers: beauty, and that which lasts, is based on love.
Such has been the history of Akbar International. What started 35 years ago as a single showroom with a handful of pieces, has now turned into a total of 10 showrooms with thousands of inlayed articles and a few hundred masterpieces, as a result of the hard work of the entire Akbar family. It has been the preserver of the art of Parchinkari since 1979. The art which adorns one of the wonders of the world, the shining example of Indian architecture at its pinnacle : The Taj Mahal. It was introduced by the Great Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in the 17th century. It involves the inlay of rare and beautiful semi-precious stones on dazzling white marble from Makrana, a city in Rajasthan, India.
In the span of more than 3 decades, I have met people from all over the world and have helped them decorate their homes with this exquisite art. Many of these people have revisited Akbar more than once. It fills me with great joy to share this art over the internet with the thousands of people who have embraced it and the countless more who will be inspired by it.
This art is one of the lesser known arts which makes it all the more surprising and exciting for people from all corners of the world. And here I proudly introduce you to it.
Enjoy the beauty!
(Proprietor and Founder)
Akbar International has been the preserver of the art of Parchinkari since 1979. What started more than 30 years ago as a single showroom with a handful of pieces, has now turned into 2 branches with a total of 10 showrooms. We have thousands of articles and a few hundred masterpieces for the connoisseurs of art. Hundreds of families of artisans who depend on Parchinkari for their livelihood have been linked to us for years and we take pride in supporting them and in keeping this art alive.
Branch 1 - Established in 1979
Branch 2 - Established in 2011
Through a span of 3 decades, we have had people visit us from all over the world who after witnessing the beauty of this art have found great appreciation for it. We have live and exclusive demonstration of Parchinkari by very skilled artisans on our premises. Parchinkari is an art passed down from generation to generation. Most of the artisans have been handed down this art through forefathers who learned this art from craftsmen of the Mughal era. The demonstration is translated by people who speak fluent English along with foreign languages like French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian.
We take our product quality very seriously and procure the best quality marble from the city of Makrana in Rajasthan, India. The marble for the Taj Mahal was obtained from quarries in Makrana and we use the same quality marble. Genuine quality, rare and beautiful semi-precious stones go through a tough process of selection and only the best are put to use.
Customer service is one of our biggest forte’. All of our products shipped are insured to 110% of their value and great care is taken in packaging through state of the art packing machines. The articles are couriered through DHL, Fedex and UPS by air and through Quicksilver by sea. As soon as a product is shipped we provide the client with the tracking number or Airway Bill number (AWB) so that they can track their shipment in real time. We are in constant touch with the client till he/she receives the shipment on time and in perfect condition.
It is because of the hard work of the entire Akbar family and the trust we have maintained with our clients that we have had guests visit our premises over again. “Atithi Devo Bhava” is a popular saying in India which means “Guest is God ” and we believe in the same, delivering to our guest the best possible experience.