May 14 / 2014

Index Dubai 2014: DYD TOLEDO, amazing Damascene works of art

The secret of Damascene steel? It’s still forged in Toledo by DYD TOLEDO, the company that assumed the task to regain this heritage and give continuity and prestige to the famous Toledo’s steel-working techniques. From swords and armours to new artistic deco objects, the DYD TOLEDO’s product ranges are rich in unique decorative items that represent the ultimate in luxury and exclusiveness. Have a look at it…

Established in Toledo (Spain), DYD preserve the ancient Toledo’s steel manufacture and the sword master-craftsman tradition for which the Spain’s town is worldwide renowned. In DYD’s catalogues products ranges from amazing historical reproductions of armours, swords, daggers, shield, complements etc., whic belonged to emperors, king and worldwide famous warriors, to exclusive new creations registered at the intellectual property records. New products include also the Hollywood Armory: weapons, complements and jewels of the most famous movies (Lord of the rings, Conan, Highlander, Gladiator, just to name a few) produced under license.

DYD commercialize also the brand MIDAS that is dedicated from its beginnings to the conservation, manufacture and diffusion of one of Toledo’s most renowned artistries: the millenary Damascene works (damasquinado), on display this year for the first time at Index Dubai.

The damascening art, which consists in inlaying noble metals on iron or steel, has its origin in similar works that go back to ancient times. Damascene-style work is said to have been practiced by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, but was developed into a high art by the craftsmen of Damascus, Syria more than 2,000 years ago. It was first introduced to Spain by the Moors who conquered the peninsula in 711 AC (Al-Andalus). Toledo, so open through the centuries to the aesthetics and cultural contributions of various cultures and people, maintained this amazing tradition thanks to the vocation and ability of its master craftsmen.

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