Treasures of Granada: La taracea: geometries and colors of Granada

To continue our journey through the traditions of craftsmanship that have made Granada one of the most artistically and culturally interesting cities in Spain, we would like to talk today about a particular woodworking technique, introduced in Spain by Muslims and that saw its first works in Cordoba, in the XII century: the Taracea. Through this process, also applicable on surfaces such as floors, walls and sculptures, it is used to artistically combine different types of wood, including precious ones, such as mahogany, ebony, cedar, walnut or orange, with small pieces of mother of pearl, ivory and metals, forming particular shapes and decorations of different geometric shapes.

The combination and inlay of these elements creates mosaics of colors also inspired by the ornamental motifs of the Alhambra. The technique of the wooden tarsea, despite being mostly carried out today with a simplified and mechanized process, still sees the commitment of craftsmen engaged in their workshops following the original procedure. The streets of the Alcaicera market and the Bazaar, which make up the ancient Arab and Jewish quarter of the Grenadine capital, is the best place to go in search of these exclusive ceramic pieces.