Arabic Threading

Arabic Threading

Arabic threading wood decorating is a slow, exacting craft, requiring tremendous patience and accuracy.

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A variety of woods – peach, apricot, walnut, olive, rose – are selected and cut into geometric shapes in 12”–14” long sticks. Next, the artisan patterns the sticks and glues them with traditional Arabic glue (the making of the glue is another lengthy process, requiring several hours of boiling). Thin layers, measuring approximately 1/8” are sliced and inlaid on the base wood. Next, tiny, perfectly cut mother-of-pearl pieces are inlaid on matching, carved spaces in the wood. Glue is applied over the unfinished surface of the mosaic. The object is then finished by grinding for polish and is then sprayed with a coat of lacquer.


Although other Islamic nations, notably Egypt, produce similar handicrafts, Syrian wood threading is considered the best in the world for its high standards of quality, precision and beauty. As in the days of yore, the craft is practiced in small family-owned workshops. Naturally, this allows scope for a high degree of individualism in design.

Reason floss is called Arab because it is a rod-like filaments of high standard and are overlapping each other so that a form engineered to give a variety of beautiful models, including assistive devices, squares, rectangles, octagons, and paintings that are commonly used in home decorations and traditional houses, restaurants and places of worship, so give these places a scene aesthetically oriental heritage.

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