Khatamband is a traditional form of wooden ceiling decoration that is commonly found in Kashmiri homes, especially in the old and historic buildings of the region. The word Khatamband is derived from the Persian words 'Khatam' and 'Band' which mean 'inlaid' and 'to bind' respectively. This art form involves creating intricate patterns by inlaying small wooden pieces of different shapes and sizes on a wooden base. The patterns are often inspired by the natural surroundings of the region and include floral motifs, geometric shapes, and calligraphy. Khatamband is not only a form of decoration but also serves a functional purpose by insulating the room and keeping it cool in the hot summers and warm in the cold winters. This traditional craft has been passed down from generation to generation and is still practiced by skilled craftsmen in the region.