TOLEDO CRAFTMANSHIP "DAMASCENE WORK"

The damaskeening or inlaid work, wok which consists in embedding noble metal son iron on Steel, has its probable origin in similar work which may be traced to very old times.

It is likely the Egyptians who offer us the most remote background of this craftmanship, which was also cultivated by the Greeks and the Romans. But what is undaubtful is the importance it takes, subsequently, among Oriental people. In Byzantium this art acquires singular characters, and its appearance in Spain is determined by the Arab invasión (thereof its name which derives from Damascus). Toledo, welcoming the aesthetic and cultural contribution of so many people, open, in view of condition of its inhabitants to craftmanship work, has made of damaskeening a tradition maintained until today by the vocation of authentic masters.