Shiny and lustrous soapstone is famous for its attractive and intricate carving done by stone carver of North and South India. Agra in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are the popular centres of soap stone carving in North. Mysore in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are the famous centre in southern India. Softness of the soapstone inspired the carvers to make the religious idols of Hindu God-Goddess, model of famous monuments and other decorative items.
Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Chhatarpur, Orchha, (Central India), Tinitani, Salem, Cuddapah(Tamil Nadu), Mysore, Nullar (Karnataka) are the few important centres of soapstone carving . Model of Taj Mahal, boxes, plate, paperweights, photo-frames are made at Agra centre. these objects are beautifully decorated with floral and perforated patterns.
Variety of objects with great intricacy is the main feature of soap stone carving which is sometimes painted or inlayed and which makes very attractive.