"Our designs are basically inspired from the ancient Mughal style. But today we incorporate modern motifs into the ancient technique and style."
"Hello, My name is Khalid Ali. As a child I was very naughty and would always do things my way. Even in school I was known as the mischievous boy and at home as 'Dennis the Menace.'
"But as I grew up, I understood the value of hard work. My father was a very hard working person and he is the one who taught me the dignity of labor. It is because of him that I am here today. My father started a small workshop in 1959 where he crafted artistic furniture using brass foil embossing. He has been doing that for ages until I took over about a decade ago. Our designs are basically inspired from the ancient Mughal style. But today we incorporate modern motifs into the ancient technique and style.
"Though I've been in this field a long time, my ardent desire is to continue to grow. Right now I have about ten artisans assisting me, most of whom are relatives I have trained.
"I really appreciate Novica's way of promoting art. With this kind of exposure, artisans like me receive encouragement that otherwise would have been limited to only our own locality."
My son Oscar's "Treasure Chest" arrived today from Khalid in India. It was beautifully wrapped in red paper and gold and red ribbon. Oscar is 4, and a little bit of a Dennis the Menace himself. Everywhere he goes, he picks up "treasures", small bits of glass or stones, sometimes even bug carcasses. Thank you so much for making such a wonderful chest for him, so very beautoiful and worthy of all the treasures he now keeps there. His smile at seeing it when it arrived was priceless. He has been telling everyone about how it was being made for him by a special man from India. Thank you for our new box for Oscar's treasures; it is a treasure in itself. Blessings, Jeanne Wiestling Minneapolis
- Jeanne W, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
My Dear Khalid Ali, I am at a loss for good words, but I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to you and your blessed talent. I could not speak when I saw the mirror; IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I thank God for placing wonderful people like you on this Earth to share your wonderful lives and talent with all of us; there is an incredible piece of your life here in my home. I will always treasure the man who made it and the fact that I am lucky enough to be so close to its beauty each day. You named the mirror "Perfection"; indeed it is. I wish there were a way I could send a card to you with my gratitude. I hope someone will relay this message to you, as you deserve to know how happy you have made me. May you be blessed with a good life in your country and have many years of using your talent to share with the world. Sherrie Dobbie New York United States of America
- Sherrie Dobbie, Lindenhurst, NY USA
Dear Khalid Ali. The mirror is absolutely beautiful and very well made. We love the detail, even on the sides! It adds a special touch to our room. Great quality , great work!! Thank you.
- Tracey S, PA, USA
I purchased a jewelry box from Mr. Ali for my wife and she loves it! Very fine attention to detail and she really liked the gift wrapping. Many thanks!
- Mike, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
I just received a mirror I ordered which was handcrafted by Khalid Ali. I am just thrilled. It is even more beautiful than shown on the web site. The craftsmanship of the frame is truly wonderful. And even the quality of the mirror itself is perfect; no image distortion at all. Thank you, Khalid for your fabulous workmanship and to Novica for bringing his art to us through the Internet. I'm sure this piece will be a family heirloom.
- Patricia, Tarpon Springs, FL
The book holder is gorgeous, a true work of art, and now proudly honours my Qur'an and Dala'il Khayrat. Jazakum Allah khayrun.
- Rafael, Miami / Florida / USA
As salam `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
- Rafael, Miami / Florida / USA
I have Khalid's book box with the top that lifts to support a book. It is just marvelous! It sits on a small table in my entry and all my guest compliment it. The detail is just beautiful! The book stand portion is so innovative and well done! I adore this box!
- Eire, San Jose, California, USA
Absolutely thrilled with my brass book holder that arrived today! It is even better than I expected. This piece is a delightful blending of beauty and function.
- Stacey, Tampa/FL/USA
I'd like to begin by saying that just about everything I gravitated to on this website just happened to be by this artist. I ordered three items from Khalid and just received them today. I must say the art looked absolutely gorgeous online and when I opened the packages I was pleasantly surprised at how much MORE BEAUTIFUL they are in person. The detail is absolutely impeccable and the quaility is emmaculate. I am EXTREMELY happy with what I ordered. Looking forward to more new art from Khalid. Will definitely be inviting people to Novica and recommending Khalid! :-)
- Glenny, Fitchburg, MA USA
Thank you for the beautiful Christmas present for my father . I'm sure he will love it ! Thank you it's perfect.
- Jason, Canada
The Memories Beckon mirror is absolutely beautiful. I love how everyother side is rose gold and then gold. It fits my front hall perfectly. Thank you for a beautiful product. JC