Pakistan's tradition of stone carving stretches back into history Sandstone, onyx, slate, marble and limestone are some of the varieties used by the artisans.
The earliest Arabs to arrive in Sindh brought the art of calligraphy in stone and tombs that were built between the eighth and the eighteenth century carry finely carved verses from the Quran on them. Decorative motifs and arabesque patterns were finely carved. Combined with the already popular floral motifs, like the sunflower and the lotus, these new forms produced a rich variety of designs for which a large body of stone structures in Thatta are famous.
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