A craft as old as 5 millenniums still remains popular and magnificent.
Enamel, a material ancient Persians used to color and decorate the surface of metals, dates back almost 5,000 years.
The method involving the fusion of powdered glass to a substrate was invented by Iranian craftsmen of the Sassanid era and was later taken to other countries by Mongols.
Today enamelwork is often restricted to copper, but it can be applied to other metals such as gold and silver. Since gold is the only metal that is not oxidized when enamel melts, the quality of enamel on gold is by far better than on silver and copper.
Presently Isfahan is the hub of enamelwork in Iran. Great masters there give shape to magnificent products. The following photo gallery features some of their masterpieces Mehr News Agency has recently released: