Saturday, May 12, 2007


Another characteristic feature of Sheki is its art called “shebeke”, small wooden (walnut) pieces (from the simplest 20 to the most complex 5,000 (!) pieces work) assembled to one piece. No nail or glue is used to assemble the pieces, all hand made. It could have colorful glass pieces in it, or just be wooden. The technology of the work is very complicated and known to very rare people. The family that is engaged in this art keeps the knowledge in deep secret and passes it from generation to generation. Everything is hand made and really beautiful. Shebeke is used in decorating the windows and walls of the houses but it is a very expensive pleasure.

This photo is taken in the studio of above mentioned family. You can see ready shebeke pieces and some pieces in preparation stage.


alice said...

Beautiful work. I didn't know this technique, the closer thing in my opinion is stained-glass window.

Fabrizio Zanelli said...

Me too i didn't know anything about this work. it's very interesting, thank you.

Ayten Qiyas-Rustamova Айтен Гияс-Рустамова Aytən Qiyas-Rüstəmova said...

You are both welcome!

Thank you too.