"After years of hard work, I was honored with a state award for excellence…. Today, I am proud to mention that I have earned a name for myself in the art of jali work."
"Hello. My name is Gulam Rasool and I was born in the year 1940. My city is so rich in traditional marble sculpting that anyone visiting would never get enough of the exotic beauty and artistic work of the people here. I belong to a family who has a long relationship with the art of sculpting marble. I became interested in this rich work and started helping my father in his work. My father was an expert in marble sculpting and jali (openwork). He was honored with the state award for excellence in marble sculpting in 1979. I learned a lot from him and chose to follow his path.
"After working with my father for a long time, I ventured out on my own. I experimented with different designs and gave a new dimension to the traditional styles. At that time, there were very few tourists coming to India and all we got from a hard day's work were a few bucks from selling souvenir items made of soapstone. Over the years, however, things have changed as far as our work's popularity is concerned. More and more tourists come to India to learn about our exquisite art. And this has helped artisans a lot.
"After years of hard work, I was honored with a state award for excellence in marble handicrafts. Today, I am proud to mention that I have earned a name for myself in the art of jali work. The opportunity to work with Novica is unique and I am delighted to be associated with them. Now I can show my work to the world."
I purchased Mr. Rasool's ""Night Hunter"" Sculpture, and it has far exceeded my expectations. The owl carving is absolutely exquisite! This is my first experience with soapstone, and I was pleasantly surprised by its heft and beautiful color. Mr. Rasool is truly a master of his craft, and I feel very fortunate to own one of his magnificent pieces. Thank you, Mr. Rasool, for your beautiful work. I hope to purchase more of it in the future.
I ordered a little jewelry box made of soap stone. The product exceeded my expectations. The details are polished up and beautiful, the work is detail oriented and precise. The item feels precious, well made, special. It doesn't feel cheap and botched. If you're hesitating, don't fear and take the plunge: you will not be disappointed. That jewelry box looks better in real than on the pictures.
I purchased the set of soapstone candle holders and they are awesome. The design is very pretty and detailed. They are very sturdy and heavy, not cheap. They look really nice when they have a lit candle in them and I love the way the light comes out of each hole in the design.
Dear Mr Rasool I cannot thank you enough for my mother elephant and her triplets carved in soapstone. I cried when I first saw her. The intricate and delicate detail makes her a treasure I will adore for the rest of my life. You sir, are a true master of your craft.
Mr. Rasool you are truly gifted. I had been wanting to order this for the longest time and was finally able to do so. These little guys are like they have different personalities with the various expressions in their eyes. The veining in the stone also adds to the ""roughness"" of the elephant hide. The added bonus was the box is hinged which makes it really easy to use. I will be a repeat customer. Kathie New Port Richey Florida USA
Thank you Gulam Rasool for the beautifully made marble checker board box. It was exactly as depicted on your page and the delivery was incredibly prompt.Thanks again and good luck with your future endeavors. Regards Maria-AUSTRALIA
Sir, The carved soapstone box with the engraved dragon on the lid is more beautiful than I could have gleaned from the photo! Thank you so much for such magnificent artistry. The box was a birthday gift for my daughter, and she loves it. She will treasure it. Also, it was beautifully wrapped and packaged with care. Thank you again. Helen
I bought the ""Poppies"" soapstone jewelry box for my mother for Christmas, and she absolutely loved it! I was so impressed with the craftsmanship and the quality of it. It's such a beautiful item and I was so proud to give it as a gift. I plan to purchase a jewelry box from this talented artist for myself in the future!
I just received my jali soapstone jewelry box, ""honeysuckle"", and it is stunning! I was so impressed with this beautiful piece of artwork. Mr. Rasool is truly talented and I'm sure I will treat myself to another piece soon!
I purchased the Soapstone Owl book-ends. They're really beautiful, the carved detail is very well done, very happy with them. And they're a good weight & size, the books shouldn't knock them over! : -) Thank you Gulam!!
Just received my father elephant and elephant rose coasters today. I am extremely delighted Mr. Rasool is truly a great artist . I love the father elephant and it's detail in the work so much that I've just ordered the mother elephant too ...
We just received the Elephant Soapstone Hand Painted Box and it is amazing! it is even nicer than expected and plan on buying more from the very talented Gulam Rasool.
I sent the soapstone elephants to a close friend who collects elephants. She was overjoyed with the sculptures -- loved them and admired the detail and artistry. I very much appreicate Mr Rasool's craft as well as the quality of the shipping and NOVICA expereince. Thank you. J. Ryan
The intricate details carved in the stone and the colour of the stone in the soapstone elephant box were simply beautiful. I really loved the box and so did the recipient of the gift! I also appreciated the little note written in Indian and in English thanking me for my purchase - a really nice touch!
I gave the beautiful soap stone candleholders to my mom as a birthday present, she loves them and they have since been present at every family party we've held. The artistry is truly amazing, I will order a pair for myself once am done moving to my new apartment. Very beautiful work, detailed and rich. It's rare to find such a talented artist!
Thankyou Gulam for my wonderful white jasmine jewellery box, your carving is so beautiful it reminds me of soft and delicate lace work, you truly are a master in your graft and I'm glad now you have a wider appreciation from the rest of the world through Novica, I feel privileged to own one of your pieces.
Mr Rasool I have just received a jewellery box that I bought for my girlfriend. This box you masterfully crafted and it is such a work art. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. Wish you all the best.
Initially I bought a soapstone box called ""wings"". I was so impressed that I bought another box called ""white ivy"" for a good friend (who absolutely adores it btw). I liked the white ivy box so much, I ended up buying one for myself as well.
Greeting Mr. Rasool. I just finished unwrapping ""Elephant Duet"" and placed them with my other elephant you crafted. I have absolutely no idea how you manage to sculpted a perfect elephant inside an elephant inside an elephant, but I am certainly glad you can! I look forward to purchasing more of your works and I believe there is at least one more elephant I need for my collection. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world.
Mr. Rasool: When I was in Hawai'i, I saw the jali work collected by Doris Duke at her home ""Shangri La'. She had been so impressed by the artwork of the Taj Mahal. The image of a large jali screen in a window stuck with me, and then I was so happy when I discovered your perpetuation of the jali style in soapstone. I've been giving my three sons your boxes and candle holders for events in their lives. I especially love the Nautilus--the way the candles flicker through the slots is very mysterious. My oldest son received ""The Palace"" most recently. We love the effect that if you put it in a sunny place the light shines through the jali work and the shadows create a miniature palace on the table. My other most favorite piece is the plate which rests in the window of my bedroom. The afternoon sunlight shines through the stars! I also have a statue of the three elephants each inside the other. I find looking at your work both inspiring and relaxing. I am a teacher and I hope you are passing on your knowledge to young artists so that the jali style is perpetuated. Thank you for your art!
I received this sculpture today in excellent condition. This was a very fast turn-over time from the day I ordered it. And the two soapstone elephant sculptures are charming and unique. I planned them for a May birthday gift to my son, but I can't wait! We'll just have to celebrate it this weekend. Thank you for all your skill and concern. Alice Sprickman N.H. USA
Thank you Gulam Rasool for your excellent craftsmanship and your exceptional eye for detail, Today my long awaited 'Mother Elephant' arrived and she exceeds all my expectations. I have absolutely no idea how you are able to craft 3 intricate elephants in one, but I am certainly glad you did. I shall be purchasing more of your pieces of art and will cherish each one. Thank you!
I received my Floral Arabesque jewelry box and it is beautiful! Expertly crafted and a true work of art with amazing attention to detail. Thank you for all your hard work!!
Your work is beautiful and amazing. I have given two gifts, a jewelry box and candle holders, which have been received with great pleasure and enjoyment. Thank you!
I purchased the Mother Owl sculpture as a gift for my sister. It is even more incredible in person than in the photographs. The quality of the craftsmanship and the intricacy of the carving made this as much of a pleasure to give as to get. Thank you, Mr. Rasool, for allowing me to give a gift of such beauty!
Such marvelous artistry and intricate detail. Thank you for your delightful works of art... we wish we could come to India to meet you... we are truly awe inspired by your work and mastery. Thank you for the pleasure and wonder that your work gives us everyday. If only we lived in a mansion we would adorn it with your work in every corner of our dwelling. Like jewels... they fill everyone's heart with amazement and delight. God bless you and keep you well. Thank you.
I received my jewellery box called ""wings"" today and it is extraordinary. The more I look at it, the more I adore it, it's just stunning. It came well packaged and gift wrapped, also the hand written post card thanking me for the purchase was very nice too. The craftsmanship really is first rate, Gulam Rasool is truly gifted. I'm looking forward to making future Novica purchases :D
Thank you Mr Rasool, Your beautiful carved fig leaf lattice candle hodlers are gracing our home. Thank you for your amazing artwork and craftsmanship. God bless you and keep you safe. Sherry & Dana (London, England, UK)
I received a hand-carved jewelry box made of soapstone that was so spectacular I was speechless when I opened the box. I always try to support artists and buy as many handcrafted things as I can, but I don't think I've ever bought anything handcrafted that looked this amazing. It is truly a work of art. I couldn't wait to proudly display it. Gulam Rasool has got such an amazing skill and I'm so happy he has a way to share his gifts with people so far from where he lives. I will treasure this box for the rest of my life. Thank you!
Thank you for the ""Mother Elephant"" soapstone sculpture. The workmanship is exquisite. I would definitely order from this artist again.
I forgot to comment on how gorgeous the package was that the owl came in. The paper... the ribbon... very unique & beautiful to the point that we saved both.
I just received the jali work soapstone Mother Owl yesterday & couldn't be happier. I bought this as a gift for my fiance's birthday & she loved it. The detail is incredible! It was also larger than I expected. It looks very good above our fireplace & will stay with our family forever. Thank you for your hard work. Your art is beautiful & inspirational. I will recommend you to friends & family alike.
dear mr rasool i got my owl today with its baby inside and find it astounding! i cannot imagine how you can do it! i really love the elephant with triplets - i myself am a twin - and hope someday i can buy her or the wall plaque. i also got your kind note about your other works. i wish you much honor and prosperity. i have always liked india and wish i could visit. i have a helper/gardener from india so we talk a lot about the country and i have also bout ,any textiles, a legacy of ghandi. i hope you will have sucess with novica! lisa
The Mother Owl piece I received was even more beautiful than the photo - the detail was exquisite. To top it off, the packaging, note and wrapping all in handmade papers made this 'gift' a pure delight to open, and the piece is a delight to display.
Dear Mr. Rasool - We purchased your soapstone turtle pair and cannot say enough about your talented artistry. The turtle is my favorite creature, and I buy many items with the turtle: for wisdom, longevity, its beauty and playful shyness. A turtle represents that is is good to 'stick out your neck a bit,"" while being able to retreat to safety - I learned that by watching these amazing creatures, I am like the turtle. Thank you, thank you, thank you for you talent, artistry, and passion. Thank you for being a ""turtle"" yourself as well, by selling your gloriously created items. Our next purchase from you will be the ""Mother Owl."" a mother watching over her owlet. May you and your family be blessed with happiness, health, and prosperity! Kind regards, Maggie and Karl Buchmann
We used one of Gulam's soap stone boxes to hold our rings for our wedding ceremony. It was perfect for the task and we now have a beautiful keepsake that always reminds us of our special day.
Just ordered my third set of ""Turtle Twins"" candle holders as a gift. These are just gorgeous! Thank you!
Turtle Twins are beautiful and elegantly crafted. One set for myself and another for my sister. Absolutely wonderful! Thank you!
I received my soapstone box Floral Medallion and cannot begin to describe just how amazingly beautiful it is. The intricate carvings are stunning, it was beautifully packaged, and I couldn't be any happier. Truly a magnificent piece of art that I am proud to call my own.
I received the royal palace jewelry box which is truly gorgeous. I feel like I got away with a treasure. thank you
The box was what I was after. I needed it for my daughter's ahes and had a hard time finding the right box for her. Her name was actually Ivy. Thanks for the item.
Pittsburgh, PA USA
My wife was thrilled with the hand-carved soapstone box from India. She truly marveled at the artistry of Mr. Gulam Rasool.
My white elephant soapstone jewelry box arrived this morning and it far surpassed my expectations. It is the most beautiful object I own! It came well packaged and with a personal note from Gulam Rasool.
I am very impressed with the quality of work of Mr. Gulam Rasool. The two pieces I just received are beautiful and delicate, even more than I expected. To think that somebody can transform a cold piece of stone in such art is amazing and gratifying. Excellent!
Soapstone jewelry box, 'Royal Palace"" I have today received this amazing jewellary box. It is a real pleasure to be the proud owner of a box so lovingly made and beautiful Thank you
Gulam Rasool creates masterpieces from soapstone. Excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail distinguish his oeuvre. It is a pleasure to have examples of his artistry in our home. Thank you very much Rasool Gulam for creating such beauty.
Beautiful soapstone roses jewlery box arrived in perfect condition. I am going to us it in my wedding ceremony. I love it! thank you.
I ordered ""Sunflowers"" candleholders and absolutely adore them! They are mesmerizing and the intricate carvings are so beautiful. I am enjoying them every day, they invite me to light candles! Thank you for your talent!
The soapstone jewelry box I ordered is absolutely beautiful. The carvings are so intricate and detailed, Mr. Rasool is extremely talented. I will cherish this piece in my home forever. Thank you!