Mysore Rosewood Inlay

State Karnataka
district Mysore


The wooden inlay is the process of decorating the surface of wood by setting in pieces of material such as ivory, bone, plastic, or wood of different colors. The history of Mysore Rosewood Inlay goes back to the time of Tipu Sultan. But this art came into popularity during 1914 with the Mysore Maharaja. During this time, the artisans were encouraged to practice the arts and crafts of their choice. But later, a Mastercraftsman ‘Shokat Ali’ brought a vast change to the world of rosewood crafts.


Each step of making rosewood inlay involves an artisan who is an expert in that field so that there are no compromises in the quality and the design of the products. This starts with procuring desired materials first. The woods are then cut in the desired shape and followed by proper seasoning. Once it is done, the final set of designs is made on them. Once this is completed, the final tasks involve putting color, chiseling, and filling up portions with charcoal.

Material Used

Rosewood, yellow wood, and ebony are used as raw materials. Sandalwood is also inlaid into the wood after carving, depicting nature and Hindu mythological epic stories.

Tourist Attractions

Mysore is recognized as the palace city of India and declared as a heritage city. The Amba Villas Palace (popularly known as Mysore Palace) in the city is one of the most visited monuments in India. Major tourism spots include Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, St.Philomena’s church, Rail museum, Mysore Sand sculpture Museum, Jaganmohan Palace, Karanji lake and park, Suka Vana, Kukkarahalli lake, Lalitha Mahal palace, Wax-museum-melody park, Ranganathittu birds sanctuary, Brindavan garden(KRS), Nanjangud temple, Shivanasamudra falls, etc.