KetuvKetubah

Fine Art Ketubahs and Vows for Weddings / Anniversaries

20 Sales

KetuvKetubah

Fine Art Ketubahs and Vows for Weddings / Anniversaries

20 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(2)

Announcement   Your love is unique. We think your ketubah and vows should reflect that.

Arielle and Maya formed Ketuv to provide couples with a fine art option in ketubahs, and to create an opportunity for innovative artists, with dynamic careers outside of the commercial and Judaica spheres, to create fresh, quality ketubah art.

The word ketubah literally means “writing” or “written” and refers to the traditional Jewish marriage contract. Modern ketubahs are artistic symbols of a couple’s commitment to one another, and we think that cross-cultural interest in the ketubah tradition speaks to its power and beauty. Many of the texts we offer are secular, and appropriate for non-Jewish couples. We can also build a custom ketubah around your vows, or apply your vows to one of our limited-edition works, for an added fee.

We personalize for free and we also offer ketubahs for anniversaries!

Announcement

Your love is unique. We think your ketubah and vows should reflect that.

Arielle and Maya formed Ketuv to provide couples with a fine art option in ketubahs, and to create an opportunity for innovative artists, with dynamic careers outside of the commercial and Judaica spheres, to create fresh, quality ketubah art.

The word ketubah literally means “writing” or “written” and refers to the traditional Jewish marriage contract. Modern ketubahs are artistic symbols of a couple’s commitment to one another, and we think that cross-cultural interest in the ketubah tradition speaks to its power and beauty. Many of the texts we offer are secular, and appropriate for non-Jewish couples. We can also build a custom ketubah around your vows, or apply your vows to one of our limited-edition works, for an added fee.

We personalize for free and we also offer ketubahs for anniversaries!

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Ketuv Ketubah

Love Grows Ketubah
US$325.00
Entwined - Ketubah
US$500.00
Birds Ketubah
US$500.00
Marriage of Celestial Bodies Ketubah
US$500.00
Digital Text Only Ketubah
US$100.00
Romantic Anatomy Ketubah
US$500.00
Bird in the Garden Ketubah
US$500.00
Chairs 3 Ketubah (Two Brides)
US$500.00
Love Birds Ketubah
US$500.00
Love Nest Ketubah
US$500.00
Intertwine Ketubah
US$500.00
Illumination #2 Ketubah
US$500.00
Chairs Ketubah (Bride and Groom)
US$500.00
Circle Dance Ketubah
US$500.00
In the Fields Ketubah
US$500.00
The Petals Ketubah
US$500.00
Blue Mosaic Ketubah
US$500.00
Trees Ketubah
US$500.00
Infinity, Approaching One (cutout ketubah)
US$800.00
Pomegranate Gem Ketubah
US$500.00
Exchanging Keys Ketubah
US$500.00
The Smell of Sunlight Ketubah
US$500.00
Cherry Blossoms, first bloom Ketubah
US$500.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(2)
Michelle Ida

Michelle Ida on Oct 24, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

exactly as advertised and beautiful. i do feel that $228 is expensive for a sheet of paper though, no matter if it's customized and nice printing.

Deetza

Deetza on Apr 25, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Do not hesitate to purchase your ketubah from Ketuv! Her customer service is excellent and she sent out timely emails and got my Ketubah finished very quickly. I waited to write this review until I printed my Ketubah to see how it would look and it looks great. I am very happy with the quality. Thanks!

Shop policies

Last updated on February 20, 2012
The ketubah is often the first art purchase a couple will make together, and we encourage couples to start their art collections with a work that is high-quality and unique. That’s why we specialize in limited edition prints as well as custom commissions.

We offer a broad selection of fine art limited edition prints, by a diverse roster of artists working in a range of styles and media. These works can be personalized for marriage or anniversary ketubahs, with custom text and hand calligraphy.

We sell editions here on Etsy and for clients with a larger budget we also offer a custom option, where an artist works directly with the couple to design a piece of art that is one of a kind.

TEXT:

Q: Where do the Reform, Secular-Humanist and Interfaith texts on your limited edition ketubahs come from?

A: The first paragraph of these texts are based on the traditional Orthodox ketubah text, which establishes who is marrying who, where and when. The body of the text, written by Ketuv, draws heavily from the text created by the Association of Humanistic Rabbis, and is adapted slightly to suit the needs of Reform, Secular and Interfaith couples. The accompanying Hebrew is a direct translation of the English text.

Q: Will my rabbi know how to fill out the ketubah text?

A: You don’t have to worry about this, because Ketuv will fill in all the details of your ketubah for you, unless you prefer for the ketubah to be filled out by your rabbi on the day of the wedding. If that is the case, rabbis in the Orthodox and Conservative movements will be acquainted with the corresponding texts and will know how to fill them out.

If you have chosen one of Ketuv’s Reform, Secular-Humanist, Interfaith or Anniversary texts, and you prefer for your rabbi or officiant to fill it out on the day of the wedding or anniversary, Ketuv will send instructions along with your ketubah for filling out the text. If you have chosen a text with Hebrew, please make sure your officiant is relatively comfortable reading and writing basic Hebrew, or that you will have someone else present at the wedding who can fill out the Hebrew section for you.

Q: Can we get another text printed on our limited edition ketubah other than the one that comes with the ketubah?

A: Yes, you can print anything you like on our limited-edition ketubahs, either digitally, or by hand calligraphy, for an additional fee, and as long as the text reasonably corresponds to the available space in the ketubah. We believe that you will get the best results by keeping your total text to approximately 350-400 words or less, but many ketubahs can accommodate larger texts. Please choose “Apply My Text in Digital Calligraphy” at check out and we will email you with instructions for sending your custom text. Your order will not be processed until Ketuv has insured that there is sufficient space available for your text.

Price list:

Digitally applied custom text, under 400 words: $100
Digitally applied custom text, over 400 words: $150
Hand calligraphy: Varies depending on the calligrapher, but will most likely be approximately $1.30 per word

Please keep in mind that a custom work can feature any text you like without incurring an additional fee, and is a great option for couples looking to tailor several aspects of a work to suit their particular needs. Also keep in mind that we are willing to make minor changes to standard texts free of charge.

Q: Can we buy a ketubah without text?

A: Yes. If you’d like to fill in the text yourself, any of the limited-edition prints available on the site can be printed without text.

Q: Can Ketuv provide calligraphy services?

A: We have a selection of calligraphers in our network, and we will take responsibility for commissioning the calligrapher of your choice for your project. Please put a request for hand calligraphy in your order, and we will contact you with samples from several calligraphers. Your order will not be processed until you have chosen a calligrapher for your ketubah.

Q: Can Ketuv fill in the blanks on our ketubah?

A: Yes. Personalization is absolutely free.

Q: What are your options for same-sex couples?

A: Most of our products that offer the Reform, Secular-Humanist, and Interfaith texts have been adapted for same-sex couples. Check availability in the text options for each product. Because Hebrew is an inherently gendered language, couples should let Ketuv know upon purchase of a ketubah if they would like the Hebrew text to use the masculine or feminine forms by choosing the “Two Grooms” or “Two Brides” text options, respectively. For “English Only” texts, same-sex couples should choose the “Gender Neutral” option.

We also have a selection of designs made especially for same-sex couples.

Q: We are an interfaith couple. What kind of ketubah is right for us?

A: We believe that most of our ketubahs are appropriate for interfaith couples who are interested in acknowledging the influence of Judaism in their relationship. Take time with your partner to consider the options and decide what is right for you.

From a design standpoint, most of our limited-edition ketubah designs are devoid of religious symbols and therefore appropriate for all couples. From a textual standpoint, we have an Interfaith text that omits all references to the Jewish tradition, but please be aware that most of our texts feature Hebrew and English. We will be able to guide you or your partner in finding Hebrew names and the Hebrew date, and we will fill in the Hebrew text for you for free, but if you simply do not want the Hebrew text on your ketubah, there are several “English only” ketubahs in our shop.

Interfaith couples may prefer designs that feature Jewish symbols, or the more overt Reform and Secular texts. Choose what makes you most comfortable. Please see our Interfaith category to see our product suggestions for interfaith couples.

Q: Do original works come with text?

A: We cannot apply digital calligraphy to original works, as the works are too fragile to run through the printer. We sell all original works “as is.” For an added fee, we can enlist one of the calligraphers in our network to apply the text.

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Payment
Artists receive half of the revenue from every sale of a limited edition print, and 70 percent of the revenue from a custom commission. It is a cornerstone of our business model that artists benefit directly and significantly from all sales of limited edition work and custom commissions.
Shipping
Q: Why does Ketuv use FedEx?

A: We have chosen FedEx as our shipping partner, as we feel it provides the best combination of cost efficiency and reliability. The tracking system is easy to use and the likelihood of your ketubah being lost or damaged is minimal. All of our ketubahs are shipped FedEx 3-day express, to minimize the likelihood of damage.

Q: I need my ketubah ASAP. How fast can you ship it to me?

A: Turnaround time on a limited edition print that does not require any customization is typically 10 business days, but can be longer for prints that require custom text. Order your ketubah early!

Q: Why is the shipping cost slightly higher than typical FedEx shipping charges?

A: You may notice that our shipping fee is slightly higher than FedEx’s standard 3-day express fee as it includes our handling fee. Handling costs cover the packing materials and the labor required to carefully pack and protect your work.

Q: Where should I have my Ketubah shipped?

A: We require an indirect signature upon receipt of a Ketuv ketubah to ensure safe delivery. This means that you don’t have to sign for it personally, but a human being does have to accept the package. If you don’t live in an apartment building with a front desk, and/or if no one is home during delivery hours, we suggest shipping to your work address.

Q: What happens if my limited edition ketubah gets damaged in shipping?

A: We pack our limited edition ketubahs carefully, and ship using FedEx’s 3-day express service, therefore prints rarely get damaged. However, if a print does arrive damaged, it is the customer’s responsibility to send Ketuv images of the damaged artwork and packaging along with a detailed description of what is wrong with the ketubah within 72 hours of receipt. Ideally, the customer should photograph a dented or damaged package before opening the package if they suspect that there is damage to the ketubah. If Ketuv sees potential in a claim, we will, in turn, file an insurance claim with FedEx to cover the return of the damaged artwork (which Ketuv will destroy), as well as the production of a new ketubah, which will be promptly shipped to the customer. You cannot exchange your damaged ketubah for a different ketubah product, but only for a new ketubah from the same limited edition run.

Q: What happens if my custom ketubah gets damaged in shipping?

A: Custom work is not shipped from our printing center, but rather from the home or studio of your commissioned artist. All of our artists have been briefed in the best packing practices and are required to use FedEx Express for shipping. We trust our artists and FedEx to protect your ketubah, but please know that shipping artwork is always a risk.

If your custom work arrives damaged, you must send Ketuv images of the damaged artwork and packaging along with a detailed description of what is wrong with the ketubah within 72 hours of receipt. Ideally, the customer should photograph a dented or damaged package before opening the package if they suspect that there is damage to the ketubah.

If the damage was due to the work not being packed properly, then Ketuv will help you negotiate proper compensation with the artist. If the damage was due to the work not being handled properly by FedEx, we will file a claim with them for compensation. Please note that FedEx does not insure artwork with a value over $1,000, and that is the ceiling of what you can expect to be reimbursed.

Ketuv is currently working to establish relationships with third-party insurance companies. If you would like to engage a third-party insurance company to cover your artwork, we can make recommendations to you.
Refunds and Exchanges
Q: What if I don’t like my ketubah? Can I return it?

A: Unfortunately, your ketubah is non-refundable or exchangeable solely on the basis of a change of heart, so choose wisely.
Additional policies and FAQs
EDITION PRODUCTION

Q: What is an edition?

A: The concept of an “edition” emerged because, often, the materials used in printmaking (whether it was wood, copper or zinc plates, or limestones) would deteriorate over the course of production. To make sure that the quality of the print was upheld, artists would often limit the number of prints that they made. The artist would have to approve every print, and confirm that each one was identical to the rest for it to be included in the edition. Inferior prints were traditionally destroyed.

Q: Why does Ketuv edition?

A: Editioning remains a contemporary practice despite the existence of digital technology to ensure consistency and respect for the artistic vision. While many artists and printers re-edition or edition artworks at many different sizes, at Ketuv we limit the production of every artwork to a single run, sized to match the original work, unless otherwise specified. This preserves the integrity of each multiple and the history of the editioning process.

Q: How are your prints produced?

A: We invest significantly in the production of our ketubahs in order to uphold the artist’s vision. Our master printer Michael Courvoisier, of Courvoisier Editions, approaches the process with a deep understanding of the materials and the technology, as well as a perfectionist’s attention to detail. Courvoisier has printed work by leading photographers such as James Nachtwey and David Alan Harvey, and his prints have been exhibited, most recently, at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles and South Korea’s Daegu Photo Biennale.

Prints are produced using the latest archival ink-jet technologies, and each print meets museum standards in fine art printing. Each artwork is carefully matched with a high-quality, archival Museo paper that complements it, and that most closely resembles the paper on which the artist created the original work.

Q: Are your prints archival?

A: Prints are made using archival pigment inks and printed on archival papers to ensure your artwork lasts for many generations to come. Ink-jet prints are in the collections of almost every major museum in the world, and under proper conditions all prints have permanence ratings of 100 + years. This means they will look exactly the same for more than a century. Upon purchase of your ketubah, Ketuv will provide you with information about best practices in caring for your artwork.

Q: Do you provide assurance that the piece is authentic?

A: Yes. Ketuv provides you with a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by the artist. Because production is a collaborative process between the artist, Ketuv, and our master printer Michael Courvoisier, artists do not sign the print directly.

Q: Do prints look exactly like the images we see online?

A: We calibrate our monitors regularly to make sure that every image on screen looks as close as possible to the original artwork. That said, the colors you see on your computer screen depend on a variety of factors that we cannot control remotely, including the type of light in your room as well as the particular color calibration of your computer monitor. The good news is, we’re confident the actual print will look better than what you see on your screen.

Q: What if a print has a printing flaw?

A: Courvoisier Editions is an artisan printer. Each museum-quality print is inspected thoroughly before shipping. If you believe your print is flawed, you must send us an image within 48 hours of receipt.
MISC:

Q: What if we like one of the limited edition prints, but we want to make changes (i.e. minor changes to standard text, or changes to the paper and image size of the ketubah)?

A: When in doubt, ask! Ketuv wants to make you happy, and if we can easily make the changes you would like, we will certainly try to do so.

Q: Can you frame the work for us?

A: Ketuv cannot frame your ketubah for you; however, we will make framing suggestions. Also, if you are working on a custom commission with one of our artists, the artist may be able to offer you valuable framing advice directly.

Q: Do artists benefit from sales?

A: Artists receive half of the revenue from every sale of a limited edition print, and 70 percent of the revenue from a custom commission. It is a cornerstone of our business model that artists benefit directly and significantly from all sales of limited edition work and custom commissions.

Q: Do you have copyright or creative commons licenses on these prints?

A: Ketuv owns the copyright on all limited edition works, so no one else can reproduce a particular ketubah, and devalue your edition. The artist owns the copyright on all custom commissioned work, but has contractually agreed not to create the same ketubah over again.