Bidriware Art

  • Bidri craftsman Shah Rasheed Ahmed Quadri recently received Padma Shri Award by President Droupadi Murmu.

About Bidriware

  • Bidriware is a metal handicraft from the city of Bidar in Karnataka.
  • This art form has obtained a Geographical Indications (GI) Tag.


  • Bidriware techniques are influenced by Persian art.
  • Flowers, leaves and geometric designs are commonly used Patterns.
  • The metal used is white brass that is blackened and inlaid with silver.
  • Bidri artisans blacken their wares using soil obtained from a 15th-century fort in Bidar, which is rich in potassium nitrate.
  • This craft was developed by the Bahamani sultans.

About Bahmani Sultanate

  • Ruled Bidar in the 14th –15th
  • The Bahmani Sultanate was the first independent Muslim kingdom of the Deccan.
  • It was founded in 1347 by Ala-ud-Din Bahman Shah.
  • It later split into five successor states that were collectively known as the Deccan sultanates.
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