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Agra Marble Emporium

Learn how artisans work marble to understand how the stunning designs of the Taj Mahal were crafted and then invest in a souvenir for yourself. 

Visit the Agra Marble Emporium for an experience in ancient craftsmanship. This market is one of the last hubs for the art of creating artwork from precious stones. This craft, known as Parchin Kari, dates back to the stoneworkers who travelled to India for the construction of the Taj Mahal.

During India’s battle for independence, Parchin Kari was almost wiped out due to lack of craftsmen. However, Phool Chand Bansal led the resurgence of its techniques by founding the Marble Emporium in 1962. Moved by the glittering marble of the Taj Mahal, Bansal encouraged artisans of Parchin Kari’s lapidary and carving techniques to return to their skills. Today, visitors enjoy the stunning stonewall artworks that validate his efforts. 

Watch as craftsmen intricately shape the marble to form flowers, interlocking geometric shapes and images of the Taj Mahal. Their breath-taking designs are created using mainly hand-turned wheels and chisels as tools. Even a small decorative element of the artwork may require many days to complete. After the marble is shaped, gemstones are fitted into the work and then polished.

Browse an eye-catching collection of works for sale. Everyday objects, including jewellery boxes and tables are made extraordinary when decorated with jasper, lapis lazuli and abalone shell. Lamps in particular become room centrepieces when light refracts through the colourful stones. Find a souvenir among the statues of Indian gods, mini Taj Mahals, inlaid vases, candleholders or paperweights.

If you are after a custom piece, explore the showroom and discuss a design with the friendly staff. Nearby, enjoy the works of Umesh Chand Bansal, Phool’s’s son. His displays reflect his classical training and are renowned worldwide.

Find the Agra Marble Emporium across from the BSNL Stadium on Gwalior Road. Souvenirs can be shipped internationally and the emporium offers hotel pick-up-and-drop-off service for interested travellers. It is open seven days a week.


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