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Qingtian Stone Carving

Dongyang wood carving, boxwood carving and Qingtian stone carving are known as top three carving forms of Zhejiang Province. Qingtian stone carving originated in Qingtian County of Zhejiang Province, which is known as the Hometown of Chinese Stone Carvings because of its splendid stone carving culture.


qingtian stone carving


Qingtian stone carving is one of the most famous handicraft works in China. With refined and delicate craftsmanship, Qingtian stone carving also has a reputation of being referred to as “Embroidery on Stones”. Qingtian stone is full of natural beauty and its colorful image has renders it unique and special. Qingtian people began to realize the great value of Qingtian stone and have been making good use of it since the last 1,500 years. Stone carving artists first consider the original color and shape of the stone and then decide what to do next, and this lends Qingtian stone a unique artistic charm. In the Yuan Dynasty (1271 AD-1368 AD) and the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD-1644 AD) eras, Qingtian stones were used for seal-making, and later on for stone carving. By the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) era, Qingtian stone carvings had developed into a form of tribute to the emperor and had gained a worldwide reputation. Qingtian stone carving products have been exported to over 100 countries and regions. In 2006, Qingtian stone carving was listed in the first batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritages.


qingtian stone carving