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Minakari sugar decanter beautifully made by hand, inspired by Persian art.  MinaKari is the art of Enamel working and decorating Copper with colourful and baked coats is one of the distinguished courses of art in Isfahan.

Item description:

  • Artwork: Minakari
  • Production: Handmade
  • Object: Mina Art Suger Decanter
  • Height with lid: 14
  • Height without lid: 7cm
  • Origin: Persian
  • Material: Copper
  • Coating: Enameled coating and metal oxide painting

Please note No two handmade items are exactly alike.

About the artwork:

The artwork you are purchasing is called Mina with a rich old history of around 5000 years. Mina means blue in ancient Persian language and the blue colour in this artwork is a symbol of heaven’s sky. Although blue is the traditional colour in this art however, the contemporary Mina handcrafts could be found in a variety of colours these days such as green, grey, pink and etc.

Mina indeed is the art of painting and colouring on the surface of metal objects. The paint used in this artwork in most cases is prepared by metal oxide powders.  Such metal powder, however, is mixed with special oils and solvents to form a creamy paint. The cream is then used to paint the object. Different metal oxide also produces a different colour.

Besides the preparation of paint cream, the desired objects which are mainly made of copper are created by hammering and forming. These objects have a long list of shapes including vases, plates, containers and etc. After forming the objects they should be cleaned thoroughly prior to being covered with white enamel coating. The cleanness of the surface is very important at this stage since very minor dirt or even hand oil or moisture could cause a crack in the final product. The enamelled object then is baked in the furnace at around 700° in a few stages.

Once the object is baked and cooled down, the already unique designed pattern of each item is transferred to the object’s surface.  This is usually done by drawing on the paper first and punching small holes near to each other on the lines drawn on the paper. Graphite powder is usually used to mark on the metal surface through paper tiny holes. The white-coated copper object with marked lines then is painted carefully and artistically by hand. This stage is almost the most important part of the artwork and indeed the spirit of the Mina. The artist spends lots of time to handle the details of the painting trying to make it unique, modern and beautiful.

The final object is again needed to be baked in the furnace for stabilizing the colour at around 800°. As a result of using metal-based paints and baking procedure, the Mina colour is stable, washable and anti-scratch.


A Minakari decanter is a decorative container used for storing and serving liquids, such as water or juice, that has been decorated using the traditional Persian art form of Minakari, also known as enameling. The decanter is typically made from metal, such as copper or brass, and is coated with layers of enamel paint to create a vibrant and eye-catching design.

To create a Minakari decanter, the surface of the metal decanter is first cleaned and prepared to ensure that the enamel adheres properly. Next, a design for the decanter is drawn onto the surface using a pencil or other marking tool. The design can be a simple geometric pattern or a more intricate floral or animal motif, depending on the artist’s skill and creativity.

Once the design is in place, a special type of enamel paint is applied to the surface of the decanter, typically using a small brush. The paint is allowed to dry, and then additional layers of paint are applied to build up the colors and create a more vibrant and detailed design.

After the enamel paint has dried completely, the entire surface of the decanter is polished to create a smooth and shiny finish. The final step is to add any additional decorative touches, such as gold or silver accents, to the design to give it a more luxurious and elegant look.

A Minakari decanter can be a beautiful and functional addition to any home decor, adding a touch of traditional Persian art and culture to the space. The vibrant colors and intricate designs of Minakari make it a unique and eye-catching form of decoration, and the decanter itself can be used to serve liquids or simply displayed as a decorative object in its own right.


Weight0.4 kg
Dimensions20 × 20 × 20 cm


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