The stunning metallic gloss, artistic patterns of royal Bidricraft have a powerful story to tell. Wrapped in the uncertainty of its origin, the craft is said to have had made its way to India from Persia by the followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is said that Sultan Ahmed Shah Al Wali Bahmani, who was a patron of arts and culture himself, invited an Iranian master craftsman, Abdullah bin Kaiser at his darbar, thereafter, Bidri metal craftsmanship continued to this day among thousands of artists which made this an art of international stature. The art form is an amalgamation of Turkey, Persia and Arabic countries intermingled with the local styles, and thus, a distinct style was born. The current practitioners are the Muslims and Lingayats. Bidri metal craft is unique in its production. The surprising facts of this craft are that the stunning jet black colour comes from the use of local clay of Bidar and the metal does not rust!
Initially practiced in Bidar region of Karnataka, the art has now practitioners in Hyderabad, Telangana and even Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh in India. Its elegance and sophistication are reflected in various products; luxurious jewelry box, earrings, decorative flower vase, royal hookah, bangles, card holders, house decoration pieces like elephants, peacocks, bookmarks to name a few.